Good Morning Football presented Peter Schrager thinks the Jets should look to Pittsburgh to fill their need at the wide receiver position saying that JuJu would be the perfect fit for the Jets. You can hear the full interview here
He speaks about his NFL experience, his young age and the historical stats against his name. Despite his TikTok antics, JuJu quietly put up a very good year in Pittsburgh, catching 97 balls for 831 yards and 9 touchdowns.
This was a welcome return to form for JuJu who seemed to struggle slightly with the burden of being the #1 receiver in Pittsburgh in 2019 after Antonio Brown bolted for Oakland. He also suffered with injuries towards the end of the season which certainly didn’t help.
JuJu is set to hit free-agency for the first time this off-season and while he won’t command the figures Robinson will, he certainly won’t be a “cheap option”. PFF predict he’ll sign a four-year contract for $68 million, they also predict that he’ll land with the Jets.
The Pittsburgh man was targeted 125 times in 2020 and dropped just 3 passes while bringing in 97. 404 of his yards came after the catch last year, which is something that the Jets will be looking for their receivers to do in this new offensive system.
His 8.6 yards per reception number was down on previous years as he ran shorter routes from the inside. Peter does talk about the connection that JuJu had with Sam Darnold while at USC, in the one year they played together JuJu put up 62 catches for 851 yards and 9 touchdowns.
I know a lot of people won’t be wanting to consider Sam Darnold as part of the equation, I personally have expressed my desire to move on from him. However whether it’s Sam Darnold, a rookie or Deshaun Watson, giving any QB a reliable target like JuJu is never a bad thing.
I do think that JuJu is being a little underrated in this free agent market, a 24-year-old receiver who’s posted 308 catches on 443 targets over four years for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns is a very appealing asset for a team that needs a shot in the arm. His 12.1 yards per reception career average shows what kind of player he is, and I’d absolutely run him inside and outside in this offense.
If you put JuJu with Mims and Crowder, I think you’ve got an excellent receiving core capable of causing some teams issues. That’s before you continue to improve through the draft.