Why the Jets should trade for a wide receiver.
It is clear that the Jets haven't had some real playmakers on offense since the days of Santonio and Braylon Edwards back during the golden age of the short Mark Sanchez era. Braylon is no longer with the team and Santonio has been banged up. Now the Jets are relying on the likes of Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, and Clyde Gates (although he is now out for the rest of the season). If you want to win in this league you have to score points. If you want to score points you need to have guys that are clear cut weapons on the field and aside from a developing Geno Smith, the Jets don't have those guys.
Don't get me wrong, Kerley and Hill are not bad players by any means. But are they guys you want your rookie quarterback----your future, throwing the ball to? NO WAY. Matthew Stafford has Calvin Johnson. Matt Ryan (had) Julio Jones and Roddy White. Cam Newton has an aging, but still very effective Steve Smith. See the connection?
I would like to know why the Jets have not made a strong push for receivers like Josh Gordon or Hakeem Nicks, heck give me Kenny Britt, despite his off the field issues. Now I will admit that I am unaware of what would have to happen financially that would allow the Jets to bring one of these guys over(salary cap type stuff) so my thoughts are just need based and it is obvious that the Jets have a need. If the Jets don't get a receiver mid-season it is imperative they get someone in the off season whether it be in free agency or the draft...or both!
Free agents this off season:
Hakeem Nicks: Giants could deal him. If they don't I see him going to the Lions or back home to Carolina, perhaps contemplates wearing Green and White.
James Jones: Is in a strong mix of receivers in Green Bay, may want a bigger role with a new team in 2014.
Eric Decker: Unfortunately for the other 31 teams, I think he stays put in Denver.
Jeremy Maclin: He will be cheap. Maclin is out for the year on his “walk-year” which I think should drive his price down. He is a good receiver when he is healthy and would definitely qualify as more of a weapon than anyone that currently plays for the Jets. I would love to add Maclin this offseason.
In regards to the draft, there is slew of receivers with talent and according to CBSSports, there are at least three wide outs that could go in the first round, with a few others on the bubble. However, if there is a stud offensive lineman, take him, Jets can't pass without giving Geno time to throw. Thanks to John Idzik the Jets are definitely positioning themselves for a run of success in the years to come.