The Oklahoma Drill Podcast is back with another episode to preview the New York Jets’ extremely deep wide receiver group.
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has stressed the importance of employing offensive playmakers since he arrived.
Over the course of two years, Douglas has spent two second-round draft picks$33 million in free agency on wide receivers. Now, entering 2021, the Jets are set to deploy the deepest group of pass catchers they have had in multiple years.
Corey Davis headlines the group as a dangerous outside threat. A former fifth overall pick, Davis excels with his blend of size, speed, route-running, and contested-catch ability.
At 26 years old, Davis is a young, ascending player just entering his prime. The Jets hope his dominance on play-action passes downfield will translate to their new offense and give Zach Wilson a reliable deep weapon.
Across from Davis is former second-round pick Denzel Mims. Mims only played nine games during an injury-plagued rookie season, but he showed flashes of the talent that made him enticing to the Jets.
Mims is looking to start 2021 healthy and establish a rapport with his new quarterback. Luckily, Wilson thrives on back-shoulder throws down the boundary, a specialty of Mims’, which means the two should capitalize on their complementary skill-sets.
Veteran Jamison Crowder has manned the slot position since signing as a free agent in 2018, but for the first time in New York, he has competition. The Jets drafted rookie Elijah Moore in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft and expect him to play a big role in their offense early.
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Moore’s talent and Crowder’s $11 million price tag have led to the Jets asking Crowder to take a pay-cut, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. If Crowder agrees, he will add to the overall depth and split reps with Moore. If he refuses, the Jets could look to trade him and let Moore take the job outright.
This week, the Oklahoma Drill Podcast continues its Position Preview series by covering the wide receivers. Hosts Andrew, Matt and Vitor analyze the top seven players on the depth chart, how they fit in the new scheme and their outlooks for 2021.
Tune in to the episode for full breakdowns of each player and come back each week as the position preview series continues.