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Devin Smith: Receiver Isn't Alone in Rookie Struggles

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Rookie receiver Devin Smith is off to a bit of a slow start for the Jets. He is not the only rookie receiver who can say that.

The 2014 rookie class may have collectively put up the best first year ever at the position. A number of Draft observers felt the 2015 class was comparable in talent. So far, this year's rookie receivers have not matched last year's class.

  • In 2014, there were ten rookies with at least 48 receptions. This year through Week 10 (more than halfway through the season), only three have at least 24 (half as many).
  • In 2014, there were twelve rookies with at least 500 receiving yards. This year through Week 10 (more than halfway through the season), only four have at least 250 (half as many).
  • In 2014, there were nine rookies with at least 5 receiving touchdowns. This year through Week 10 (more than halfway through the season), only one has more than 3 (a little more than half as many).

This should serve as a reminder that last year's rookie class was an exception. Wide receiver tends to be a difficult transition. A guy like Smith, who missed most of his training camp reps, isn't necessarily a lost cause because he is off to a slow start.