Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rex: Jets much better at receiver 'from top to bottom'


To put it kindly, the New York Jets were quite underwhelming at wide receiver last year.

Jeremy Kerley caught a team-high 43 passes for 523 yards, which is noble for a sometimes-injured slot receiver in a lackluster offense. But on the whole, receivers were responsible for just seven touchdowns on the entire season.

That stinks.

So Gang Green addressed the position somewhat aggressively this offseason. They signed arguably the top free agent receiver on the market in Eric Decker and added the speedy Jacoby Ford.

The Jets then drafted a receiver-leaning tight end in Texas Tech's Jace Amaro in the second round last weekend before snagging a pair of fourth-round wideouts--the undersided but quick Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders and the more prototypical perimeter pass-catcher Shaquelle Evans out of UCLA.

Those three, along with sixth-round Nebraska big man Quincey Enunwa, will join Kerley, Decker, Ford, David Nelson, Stephen Hill and a handful of potential roster-fillers in camp this summer.

"From top to bottom, it's a much better group of receivers than we had probably at any point last year, even coming out of camp because of the injuries," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Saturday, via

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