I was flicking through Reddit earlier and came across a post in the NFL sub-reddit that had an interesting little fact:
The NFL MVP has only won the Super Bowl 10 times throughout it's history with the last time being 1999 when Kurt Warner won the MVP and the Super Bowl. Interesting little titbit that reminds us what a team sport football is. I thought as we're focusing in on individuals during this series, it was relevant to remind people that sometimes, you're only as good as your team-mates.
This was a very difficult list to put together, mainly because the Jets will face some incredibly talented receivers this year, there are a number of starts that just missed my list, but who may well make your list. If you think we're due to face a tougher receiver than the ones I've listed below please let me know.
5- Tyler Eifert, Week 1: Bengals @ Jets
Eifert doesn't always clock up the most yards in a game, but with 13 touchdowns in 2015, he is a red-zone threat that scares pretty much every team to face him. A big, physical tight end who knows how to get open against any coverage. The Jets have previously struggled against tight ends, but with the emergence of Pryor, the hope is we can improve in that area. If Dalton and Eifert are on the same page, that spells trouble for anyone...the Jets included.
4- Doug Baldwin, Week 4: Seahawks @ Jets
The man has just signed a lucrative new contract and it's one his performances have warranted. Baldwin had his first 1,000 yard season last year and notched up 14 touchdowns to go with it. His 13.7 yard average per reception and 16 plays of 20 yards or more shows he's a favourite downfield target for Wilson. He's not the biggest receiver, but he has soft hands and an incredible connection with his QB.
3- A.J Green, Week 1: Bengals @ Jets
Green has 5 straight 1,000 yard seasons to start his career and there are no signs that's going to change anytime soon. The Jets are in a privileged position having Revis suit up every week, but he's not getting younger and A.J is getting better. He averages 15.1 yards per reception and totalled 10 touchdowns last year, he has the ability to just take over a game, believe it or not he was actually statistically better on the road than he was at home last year.
2- Antonio Brown, Week 5: Jets @ Steelers
For my money, Antonio Brown is the best pure receiver in the league. 136 receptions, 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. He is a physical freak, making near impossible catches on a regular basis. If you need a 1st down, then look his way and he'll make it happen. Again Revis will face up against him, but like A.J, Brown is getting better and better each year. If Big Ben can stay healthy, he can have yet another incredible statistical season.
1- Rob Gronkowski, Week 12 & 16: Jets/Patriots
Two lists and two Patriots at the top, hey it hurts me as much as it does you. However there is a reason why they continue to win the division year after year and Gronkowski has a lot to do with it. He's an absolute machine, a match-up nightmare and schematic headache. You can know the ball is going to Gronk on 3rd down, it doesn't mean you can stop it. He continues to dominate, even when double covered...he's still open. 72 receptions, 1,176 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns with 5 plays of 40 yards or more.