Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' wide receivers.
Overview: On the whole, this group is in good order for the 2016 season, but needs some added pieces to maintain the level of effectiveness that we saw out of the Jets passing game in 2015. The team will need to find a third receiver to take some of the pressure (and some of the burden) off of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Will that player come from within or someone they pick up through free agency or the draft?
Expected to Return (6)
Eric Decker, age 28
Quincy Enunwa, age 23
Brandon Marshall, age 31
Devin Smith, age 23
Joe Anderson, age 27 (futures contract)
Chandler Worthy, age 22 (futures contract)
Reaction: First, if Todd Bowles wants to attempt to keep Decker and Marshall healthy for much of the season as possible, the team shouldn't expect to rely so heavily on the duo for the bulk of targets on offense. That means finding a third reliable receiver is a priority. Enunwa had some limited success as a pass catcher, but was much more efficient as a downfield blocker. Smith, last year's second-round pick, might see a larger role next year if he can stay healthy. We will have to see what Anderson and Worthy bring to the team in camp, but look for the Jets to find a player from outside the organization to compete for that third job.
On the bubble (3)
Jeremy Kerley, age 27 (potential cut)
Chris Owusu, age 26 (pending free agent)
Kenbrell Thompkins, age 27 (pending free agent)
Reaction: After the way the offense barely utilized him in 2015, Kerley sure seems like a goner. A viable slot receiver who could slide to the outside for this team just a year ago, the Jets will part ways with Kerley and his salary savings by cutting him some time before the start of free agency. Owusu flashed during the preseason so much that the team offered him a contract on the active roster just shortly thereafter. He is incredibly talented, but unfortunately he struggled to stay healthy and might walk away from the game due to his concern over mounting concussions. Thompkins had a solid late December for the Jets and well fully expect the Jets will offer Thompkins a cheap contract this offseason to see if he will return.