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Pro Football Focus Projects Jets Sign Intriguing Free-Agent WR

Max Staley
This Jets' free-agency prediction would be a huge addition to the New York receiving corps.
This Jets' free-agency prediction would be a huge addition to the New York receiving corps. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

With NFL free agency rapidly approaching, teams are cutting down their rosters to free up cap space. That has added some very interesting players to this year's loaded pool of available free agents.

Pro Football Focus has projected one of this year's top available free agents to sign with the New York Jets — former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Jets

JuJu may not be the no-doubt No. 1 wide receiver he looked like at the beginning of his career, but he'd be an excellent fit in New York.

Standout rookie WR Denzel Mims does his best work downfield, boasting an average depth of target (aDOT) of 15.3 in 2020.

On the other hand, JuJu is more a physical, possession receiver who shines on shorter, intermediate routes. He posted an aDOT of 5.5 yards last year, which was the sixth-lowest mark among all qualified WRs.

With some speculating that Jamison Crowder could be released this offseason, the Jets might need to find a suitable replacement out of the slot. There just aren't many better options to fill that void than JuJu. A whopping 82.2% of JuJu's routes run came out of the slot in 2020, which led all qualified players at the position.

Still just 24 years old, JuJu might be the best slot WR available in free agency, and he's a much better fit with this young team's timeline than the 27-year-old Crowder.

He'd be an excellent addition to this offense, regardless of who's under center next year.

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