With Receivers Dinged up, Jets, Darnold Should Phone a Friend
The Jets are riding high after consecutive home victories against the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts over past two weeks to get themselves back to .500 on the season. The news isn’t all good though as the team lost safety Marcus Maye for 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb, and even more importantly, wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is going to miss some time with a high ankle sprain.
With Enunwa on the shelf, that leaves the Jets with three wide receivers who either can’t play, or who are playing nicked up as they get ready to prepare for what could be another shootout when Kirk Cousins and the Vikings come to town. Charone Peake has been held out with a bad hamstring for the past couple of weeks and Terrelle Pryor has been dealing with a balky groin.
Having to possibly go to battle with limited resources, the Jets have a few options. They could get their pass catching tight ends more involved in the aerial attack, or they could look to add a receiver to the active roster. If they opt for the latter, the call should go to undrafted rookie free agent Deontay Burnett.
Burnett was quarterback Sam Darnold’s top target in their time together at USC when he hauled in 142 balls for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns with Darnold under center. Burnett also had an impressive preseason with the Tennessee Titans before being let go and could give the Jets another pass catcher with whom Darnold is more than comfortable.
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