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Jets linked to former free agent target, Receptionist Monster

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One of the most underestimated needs of the New York Jets roster is depth at wide receivers.

They wouldn’t think about it at first because they appear four deep with Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson and Braxton Berrios. However, an injury could drastically change the perception of how good this device is.

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Ryan Moran recently listed several free agents who would increase Jets depth in several key positions for Jets X-Factor.

One name that should be very familiar to Jets fans is wide receiver Adam Humphries.

The 28-year-old (he turns 29 at the start of the 2022 season) originally entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent.

After a slow start to his rookie career with just 27 catches for 260 receiving yards and one touchdown, things really got going.

Over the next three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Humphries developed into a reception monster:

After going free to join the Tennessee Titans in 2019, Humphries was riddled with injuries.

He finally played right in all 17 games for the Washington Commanders last season. Moran notes that 56 percent of his receptions last season (21) went for a first down.

In 2019, the Jets were looking for a wide receiver in free agency and had three names on their list: Jamison Crowder, Cole Beasley and Humphries.

Gang Green did a lot of homework for Humphries, but ultimately settled on Crowder, and that proved to be the right move.

The former Duke product led the Jets for the past three seasons. He’s jumped to the Buffalo Bills this offseason, and there’s a gap at the slot position.

When head coach Robert Saleh was asked who would fill that gap, he replied, “We’re working on it.”

Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur loves that they have options. All three top wideouts in Davis, Wilson and Moore are versatile inside and out so they can play anywhere.

Berrios got a bold new extension and could well step into that role. However, it would be appropriate for the Jets to add a little more proven experience to the slot position.

There are no false visions of greatness here, Humphries isn’t a superstar wide receiver, but he’s incredibly consistent and has proven to be a winning cog in a temporary machine.

In addition to losing Crowder, the Jets also lost Keelan Cole in the free hand. They could use more proven depth and a man who can step in at any moment.

Gang Green had some interest a few years ago and it would make sense if the organization were still interested in connecting the dots.

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Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur loves that they have options. All three top wideouts in Davis, Wilson and Moore are versatile inside and out so they can play anywhere.



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