The New York Jets are in a dire situation at wide receiver. If they don’t do something right now, they’re just wasting their time.
Down goes Quincy Enunwa — the most proven wide receiver out of a crop of no names just went down for the season with a neck injury that will take six to nine month to recover from.
What do the New York Jets do now?
Well maybe nothing says head coach Todd Bowles:
“We’ll see how our young guys develop.”
That is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. In context, of course. While former CEO Woody Johnson said this season will be judged on “progress and development,” he didn’t mean at wide receiver.
No, what he meant was at quarterback. Which brings me to exhibit A: how in the hell can you evaluate a quarterback with no weapons?
On top of it, his so called No. 1 option is now Marquess Wilson. An often forgotten about middle of the road wide receiver who leads the team with 777 career receiving yards.
So now the Jets are in a curious position. Do they simply just go with the flow and stick with their young bucks at wide receiver and hope for the best at quarterback?
Because that strategy has worked so well for the green and white over the last 50 years …
They need to go acquire a talented veteran who gives Christian Hackenberg at least something to work with. We did this song and dance with Geno Smith when he excelled with a bad roster around him and brought the team to 8-8.
The Jets need to do the accelerated phonics course on whether Hack can hack it. They have 16 games to find out whether he’s worth more than a second look before they hit the reset button again.
Quick detour, Hackenberg hasn’t been getting a ton of reps so far in Jets training camp. Not a good look for a team that’s supposed to be finding out whether he can cut the jib.
But apparently Bowles doesn’t agree with the narrative that support on offense helps quarterbacks. “They still get judged the same way. It has nothing to do with the receivers.”
How can a coach say that with a straight face?
To think that Hackenberg is being evaluated the same way whether he has an All-Pro unit around him or whatever the Jets are calling their “skill positions” is a joke.
So putting those senseless comments aside, who can the Jets go after?
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) August 7, 2017
I’ve already made the first call to my Terrell Owens. He should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first ballot player, but I digress. Somehow he isn’t even in at all, despite being the second-best receiver in NFL history.
I bring up half jokingly. I love the guy and people misunderstand him but the Jets need somebody. There’s no one currently on the free agent market, so I’m going to propose a crazy idea.
Feel free to get angry, but I’m proposing that the Jets acquire talent by whatever means necessary. Yes, even giving up trade compensation.
Why would the Jets give up compensation in a season that doesn’t mean anything in terms of wins and losses? Well because this season is about Hackenberg.
So if by acquiring new pieces the Jets can better evaluate Hackenberg, then it’s worth it. The Jets have been searching for a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath.
Everyone knows that next year’s NFL Draft is supposed to be stacked at quarterback. The Jets lead scouts were just seen at USC and Wyoming this week. So obviously the Jets are looking, which isn’t surprising.
The time is ticking on Hackenberg and he hasn’t even taken a regular season snap. What pieces could the Jets bring in?
- Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
- Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
- Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
- Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
Here are some pass catchers who are in the top-50 rankings that are either proven, young, or has some time spent as a seasoned vet. While it doesn’t make sense on the surface to cough up compensation for a player that may hurt your chances at a premiere draft pick, it’s completely necessary to properly evaluate Hackenberg, fairly. Despite what Bowles spews out.