The New York Jets have choices to make at wide receiver behind the big three starters.
We’ve talked a lot about how the New York Jets have an interesting situation going into training camp. The frontline starters are fairly clear, but the depth is not so much. This was especially true with the running backs where we have Le’Veon Bell and everyone else. Of course it is true at the quarterback position as well, with Sam Darnold up front and the rest battling to serve as his backup.
The situation at wide receiver is quite similar. The top three wide receivers are Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder. Crowder will be the primary slot receiver while Anderson and Enunwa are working the outside. Who is the number one receiver? That’s for a different article and a different discussion.
But who will occupy the roster spots behind them? Some of the competitors include Josh Bellamy, Deontay Burnett, Greg Dortch, Charone Peake, Deonte Thompson and Tim White. Bellamy was a free agent signing, and like it or not, spending money on someone often dictates their status on the roster. Especially if he can make an impact on special teams, look for Bellamy to be part of this depth chart when week one arrives.
Deonte Thompson is one season removed from a 555 yard performance combined with two teams, the Bills and the Bears. However, he has been on four teams in six years for a reason. We need to see a lot more before we can say that Thompson is ready to find a home with the Jets. Could he? Sure. But no other team has seen it in him. He is a work in progress to say the least.
Now, a player to look out for is Deontay Burnett. That’s not only because he had two games last season where he caught every pass thrown his way for a total of nine receptions out of nine targets. It’s also because he went to USC and caught passes from Sam Darnold. In 2017, their final year in college, Burnett caught 86 passes for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.
Burnett has an extended chemistry with Darnold that nobody else on the roster will have. If he can hone that it Burnett has an excellent chance of becoming the fourth wide receiver on this team. Fans, if one of the top players goes down, wouldn’t it be nice to have a guy that has a history with Darnold ready to take the field in their place? I think so too.
Look for Burnett and Bellamy to hit the fourth and fifth positions on the depth chart. What do you think?