It’s commonly known that the Jets have built a wide receiver group centered around size. Save for return specialist Andre Roberts, every receiver on the Jets roster is 6’2 or taller.
Even with that extraordinary amount of plus size on the outside, this is no tight end group disguised as a wide receiver core. The unit has plenty of athleticism and speed across the board, especially in Quincy Enunwa, Terrelle Pryor, and Robby Anderson.
I was interested to find out how the size, height, and speed of the Jets wide receiver group compared to the rest of the NFL. I averaged the 40 yard dash time, height, and weight of the top four wide receivers listed on each team’s depth chart. Of course, 40 times lose a bit of value the further they drift into the past, but it is the best available way to measure overall speed, and when averaged out with other players the data should be relatively reliable in painting an accurate picture.
Here are the results. The top four group of the Jets ranked 7th in 40 time and tops in both height and weight. All in all, that culminated in the foursome ranking at the top of the league in “speed score” - which adjusts wide receiver 40 time by height and weight.
I think it’s also worth noting that the gap in speed score between the Jets and the 2nd-ranked Chiefs is slightly larger than the gap between the 4th-ranked Broncos and 17th-ranked Lions.
Speed and size are absolutely not the primary determining factor in how productive a wide receiver can or will be. Route running, hands, awareness, physicality, durability, and many other abilities and factors come into play.
However, there’s no doubting that superior athleticism and size certainly raises the potential of a particular player or group. The Jets are the only team in the league with four wide receivers on their roster to post an 800-yard season - and all of those came in the last two years. This group has already seen flashes of very good production. When coupled with their physical uniqueness, there looks to be an exciting ceiling for them, which could very well be within reach this season if they could each stay healthy and continue their upward progression.
What are your thoughts on the Jets wide receiver corps? How good can they be, and how good will they be?
Where does the Jets wide receiver group rank leaguewide, in terms of the overall impact they will have in 2018?
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