Over the past five years, the New York Jets have had their fair share of offensive struggles, and New York’s wide receiver corps has been amongst the worst in football. From injuries to draft busts, Gang Green has had trouble finding a true number one option. In the 2020 season, due to injuries, the Jets receiver trio of Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman, and Denzel Mims played few games together. This offseason, general manager Joe Douglas did his best to solidify a solid receiving core.
Douglas added receiving options for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson through free agency and the draft. In free agency, New York added former Titans receiver Corey Davis and former Jaguar Keelan Cole. Additionally, Gang Green added Ole Miss standout Elijah Moore in the NFL Draft. While all should make an impact, Corey Davis has the most pressure on him to be a number one receiver.
Why Corey Davis CAN Become The Jets #1 Receiver
There are many reasons to believe that Corey Davis can become the Jets’ number one receiver long term. First off, he is coming off a year in 2020 in which he nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards as the second option behind A.J. Brown. He should have momentum from last season as he has more of a chance now.
In addition, unlike receivers last offseason, Davis has a chance to create chemistry with quarterback Zach Wilson in offseason workouts and a full training camp. Jets’ new offensive coordinator Mike Lafleur has proven to be a solid coordinator in the league and should play a huge part in Davis’s impact on the Jets.
Why Corey Davis CANNOT Become The Jets #1 Receiver
Although there are certainly high hopes for Davis to establish himself as a true number one receiver this year, there are red flags that point towards him struggling. With the Titans this past season, Davis didn’t have much pressure on him as he wasn’t the team’s top receiver. However, in past years, Davis has been disappointing as the number one option and hasn’t performed to standards set before drafted. Davis was considered a borderline bust before his 2020 breakout, as he was drafted fifth overall in 2017.
Also, while Zach Wilson has a good amount of potential, there is always a chance he has his ups and downs as a rookie, which could lead to inconsistent play from Davis.