Moeller: Jets Should Do Some Shopping for a Receiver and Pass Rusher

The NFL trade deadline is upon us, and the Jets could do some shopping.

Their offense and defense certainly can use some sprucing. Injuries have decimated their receiving corps and Isiah Crowell is their lone reliable back.

Defensively, the Jets missed out on the Khalil Mack sweepstakes, reportedly being big players in trying to acquire a savior to their defensive line.

Their glaring weakness appears to be at wide receiver, defensive line, and running back.

It could be solved with a few phone calls and draft picks this week.

They have the cash to do it with roughly 16 million of cap money.

The Jets need to get to 5-5 with two winnable games on their docket ahead to revive their season toward a .500 record or better, and also to likely save head coach Todd Bowles’ job.

Robbie Anderson has had his moments, but he has been inconsistent and his off-the-field antics and lack of discipline have caused some concern.

Quincy Enunwa was supposed to be the receiver/tight end prototype who could be force down the middle of the field, but he hasn’t been able to shake injuries.

Terrell Pryor had hopes of finally fulfilling his potential, but he also had injury issues and his mission ended.

The Jets should have taken a run at Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, who was dealt to the Texans.

The 30-year-old wide receiver is owed $4.5 million this season and could be cut after this season without counting against their dead money.

There is also Tampa Bay’s DeSean Jackson, who has a higher price tag at $11 million this year and $10 million next year.

However, Jackson wore out his welcome in Philadelphia and Washington and has been barking to get out of Tampa. He has game-breaker talent, but he also can be a headache.

On the other side of the ball, the Jets should make a call for Oakland pass-rusher Bruce Irvin, who has fallen out of favor with head coach John Gruden. The 30-year-old has 18 sacks in his last 39 games.

Irvin reportedly could be had for a late-round pick, and he would give the Jets a formidable front with Leonard Williams on the other side. He makes $8.25 million this season and just signed a four-year, $37 million deal in March.

As far as running back, does Pittsburgh’s Le’Vean Bell sound good?

Bell would first half to sign his franchise tag with the Steelers, which he has been reluctant to do. He would certainly change the complexion of the backfield, but the Jets might be better waiting to the offseason to sign him.

Does Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy work? McCoy has fallen out of favor in Buffalo and would take a cap hit at $8.9 million. He does till have some juice left.

Chances are, the Jets may be dormant.

However, the next two weeks are crucial to keep the Darnold magical season alive with some reinforcements toward a .500 or better season, and also to likely keep their coach’s job.

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Jeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller has been covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football and basketball as well as high school sports on a national and local scene for the past 39 years. He has been a Jets and Giants beat reporter for the past 13 years.

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