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Jets WR Reset | New Faces Add Different Dynamic to Group Headlined by Garrett Wilson

Mike Williams Continues to Rehab ACL Injury; Rookie Malachi Corley Adjusts to Life in the NFL

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Returnees: Garrett Wilson (3rd year), Allen Lazard (6th), Xavier Gipson (2nd), Irvin Charles (2nd), Jason Brownlee (2nd), Malik Taylor (4th)

New Vets: Mike Williams (8th year), Lance McCutcheon (2nd)

Newcomers: Malachi Corley (rookie—Round 3), Tyler Harrell (UDFA), Marcus Riley (UDFA), Hamze El-Zayat (UDFA)

What's New
The Jets receivers group will look similar to last season with a couple of notable additions. General manager Joe Douglas added a pair of pass catchers this offseason -- Mike Williams in free agency and Malachi Corley in the draft.

Williams, a big-play threat, will help stretch the field once he returns from a torn ACL he sustained in Week 3 last season. He has averaged 15.6 yards per reception in seven pro campaigns and led the league with 20.3 yards per reception in 2019.

Corley, the team's third-round pick out of Western Kentucky, brings more physicality to the group. The "YAC King" in college, Corley forced 40 missed tackled in the 2022 season and his 975 yards after the catch were 292 more than the next-closest FBS receiver. His biggest adjustment will be expanding his route tree as 75.7% of his 79 catches for the Hilltopers last season came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.

"He'll have some stuff to get used to from just being a rookie," WRs coach Shawn Jefferson said. "He's going to go through a lot of growing pains and everything like that by learning defenses. … But I think this kid can play ball. He can play ball and it's up to me to put him in positions to do the things that he does best."

See photos of the Jets wide receivers during the 2024 offseason.

Strength of the Group
Garrett Wilson. Wilson, the No. 10 overall pick in 2022, eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards each of his first two seasons despite instability at quarterback. His chemistry with Aaron Rodgers was apparent last summer and it was more pronounced this past spring.

Wilson, despite entering Year 3 with a pair of successful seasons, should be considered a breakout candidate with Rodgers under center. The Ohio State product is smooth, has strong hands and is a crisp route runner.

Biggest Question
Mike Williams' health will be something to monitor throughout camp. Head coach Robert Saleh said Williams is on a similar timeline to Breece Hall from last summer, who was recovering from an ACL injury.

Hall began camp on the physically unable to perform list, was activated mid-August and didn't participate in preseason games. He made his season debut Week 1 on a pitch count, running for 127 yards on 10 carries in a 22-16 OT win over the Bills.

Williams is a gamechanger when on the field and can provide more space for both Hall and Garrett Wilson.

"His 50-50 ball he's always been very, very good at," OC Nathaniel Hackett said. "We hope to take advantage of that."

Potential Training Camp Battle to Watch
On paper, it's who will be the third receiver of the group, which partly depends on formations and packages.

Allen Lazard, a free-agent signing last offseason, returned to One Jets Drive with a renewed attitude according to Robert Saleh. Lazard, who had strong chemistry with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, is a big-bodied wideout and a physical blocker in the run game.

His game is much different than Xavier Gipson, who enters Year 2 in the NFL. Gipson earned his chops as a returner last season and seemed more comfortable in the offense this spring. He could potentially carve a bigger role on offense.

There are a handful of other receivers in the mix, too, like Jason Brownlee and Irv Charles, and final roster spots could be determined by what each player brings to special teams.

What They're Saying
Robert Saleh on Garrett Wilson entering Year 3: "I think if Garrett stays on this path, I'll never put stats on it, but the sky is the limit for him and what he's capable of doing. He's an elite receiver, I'm excited to see him work."

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