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Which Jets Have Been the Most Efficient Passing Targets?

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Shifting attention in the passing game away from the QBs, which pass catchers have been most efficient?

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Two of the most competitive positions on the Jets this preseason are two of the most inexperienced; tight end and wide receiver. Who among the pass catchers has stood out through three weeks of competition?

Though the sample size is small and numbers will be inflated by touchdowns and interceptions, passer rating when targeted is a good way to get a glance at a receiver’s efficiency. Here’s a look at both the overall production and passer rating when targeted this preseason among the Jets with at least 5 targets.

Bilal Powell: 158.3 (6/6, 124 yds, 1 TD)

ArDarius Stewart: 153.3 (8/10, 113 yds, 2 TD)

Frankie Hammond: 104.7 (4/8, 41 yds, 1 TD)

Chris Gragg: 98.3 (5/5, 38 yds)

Chad Hansen: 89.6 (5/8, 68 yds)

Myles White: 81.3 (4/7, 53 yds)

Chris Harper: 81.3 (4/6, 34 yds)

Anthony Firkser: 70.4 (3/5, 22 yds)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: 54.6 (2/5, 23 yds)

Jordan Leggett: 52.5 (3/5, 48 yds, 1 INT)

Robby Anderson: 45.8 (4/8, 80 yds, 1 INT)

Some notes:

  • ArDarius Stewart had himself a phenomenal game against the Giants, making plays of all different varieties across the field. He came into the league known as a YAC kind of guy, something he has shown off a bit so far, but he impressed with his ability to get open all over the place in Week 3. If he can add versatility to his athleticism and strength, he could be a Quincy Enunwa kind of player.
  • The tight ends are clearly more involved. Nobody has really stood out, but so far the Jets have given them 17 targets. That’s 5.7 per game, compared to the 1.8 they averaged last year.
  • Bilal Powell is a weapon and he has continued to show it. Durability has been an issue with him, but he has only gotten better and better each year. He can run routes, his vision is impressive, and his speed is underrated. He is the most dangerous player on the offense.

Who do you think has stood out among the Jets skill positions?