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Rookie Review: Charone Peake

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The Clemson product made an impression, but he'll be fighting for his roster spot in 2017.

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Charone Peake seems to have a little following within the Jets community, although in truth, he'll likely be fighting for his roster space come 2017. It's just a numbers game, and although Peake flashed in limited action, he will still need to compete against the likes of Marshall, Deckers, Enunwa, Anderson and others heading into next year.

Peake finished his rookie season with 19 receptions on 35 targets with 0 touchdowns and 1 dropped pass. Which means Peake caught 54.3% of balls thrown his way. Although he was only targeted 35 times, only having one drop is progress for Peake, who's hands were questioned coming into the NFL. His 2.9% drop rate is much better than the 9.1% he put up in his final year in college, although obviously the targets were reduced.

Although he failed to catch a touchdown in 2016, he did recover a Ryan Fitzpatrick fumble and take it to the house for a score, that was a heads up play by the rookie if nothing else. He has the size and speed to play wide receiver in the NFL, and he showed a little wiggle with the ball in his hands to make you want to see more. However his release off the line is sketchy at best and he'll need to work harder at finding open spots in zone coverage.

In college you always looked at him and expected more. He's a great athlete, but there is a reason why he had 10 TD's in five years at Clemson, he's never quite been able to put it all together. Saying that, there was enough there to understand a little of the excitement, but don't be fooled, just like in camp in 2016, he'll be fighting for his place again in 2017.