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NY Jets - Help Wanted in the Red Zone

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This Jets receiving core certainly has a lot of promise, there’s no doubt about that. Between Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson (in spite of his recent arrest), that’s a lot of special all-around potential on the field.

There’s a lot of explosiveness between the pair. 32 active wide receivers (minimum 20 career games) own career averages of 40+ yards per game and 14+ yards per reception. Only two teams have a pair out of that group both aged 25 or younger; Houston (DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller) and the Jets.

Enunwa was on to something to special in 2016. In the midst of that disaster of a year, he managed to showcase some really unique all-around playmaking ability. Among the 58 wide receivers with at least 50 receptions in 2016, only one of them ranked top ten in both yards per reception and YAC per reception, and that was Quincy Enunwa. He had an uncanny blend of ability to win both in the open field and at the catch point down the field.

As for Robby, he solidified himself as a bona fide deep threat. His 6 20+ yard touchdown receptions tied for second in the league.

Despite all of this promise, there is one glaring hole in this receiving core where the Jets are in dire need of either some help or a major spike in performance.

That’s in the red zone.

Since 2015, the league average for percentage of targets ending in a touchdown is 23.7%. Here is how the three Jets receivers that currently project as most likely to be a part of the 2018 roster have done in the red zone since then.

Anderson: 1/15 (7%)

Enunwa: 1/16 (6%)

Kearse: 6/32 (19%) - 4/24 with Seattle, 2/8 with New York

The red area struggles also extend to the run game. Let’s look at run plays inside the 4 yard line. You can reasonably expect that teams are aiming to score on run plays in that area. Going back since 2015 again, the league average rate for TDs on runs inside the 4 is 44%. Here’s how the 2017 Jets running back roster has fared since then, including the likely incumbent Matt Forte:

Forte: 7/23 (30%)

Powell: 3/10 (30%)

McGuire: 0/1 (0%)

Should the Jets make finding another red zone weapon a priority?

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How should the Jets approach WR and RB in free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Chase a big name WR, but no to RB
    (217 votes)
  • 17%
    Chase a big name RB, but no to WR
    (93 votes)
  • 26%
    Chase a big name for both
    (141 votes)
  • 15%
    Scrape the bargain bin for both
    (81 votes)
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