New York Jets Sign WR Corey Davis

by Keith Lott
Jets Corey Davis

The New York Jets have signed free agent WR Corey Davis to a three-year $37.5 mil deal.

Davis spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him 5th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Western Michigan.

After Chris Godwin and Allen Robinson returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears, respectively, Davis became one of the top free agent wide receivers available. Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Curtis Samuel are some of the top remaining receivers.

This is an important signing for a New York Jets offense that struggled all season long, for various reasons. Davis becomes a WR1 again on the Jets depth chart, after playing in A.J. Brown's shadow the past two seasons.

Will the Jets roll with Sam Darnold as their quarterback this season or will they pay up for Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson in a blockbuster trade?

UPDATE - The Jets have traded Darnold to the Carolina Panthers and will draft BYU QB Zach Wilson with the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

New York Jets Sign WR Corey Davis

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Career with the Titans

Corey Davis' career got off to a slow start, thanks to shaky quarterback play from Marcus Mariota. After showing promise in year two with 891 receiving yards on 112 targets, we saw a huge decline in production in 2019.

But last year, with a full season of Ryan Tannehill under center, Davis posted career highs with 984 receiving yards and five touchdowns, in 14 games.

Most importantly, Davis averaged 15 yards per reception, 10.7 yards per target and caught 70% of his targets, all career bests.

He never had a multi-touchdown game in his Tennesee career and only has seven career 100+ receiving yard games.

There are 52 wide receivers with 250 targets since the 2017 NFL season. Davis ranks 16th amongst those guys with 13.77 yards per reception and 20th in yards per target at 8.43.

As Fantasy Football managers, we all know how much of a letdown his career has been. But with a fresh start on a new team, hopefully, the New York Jets can get the most out of Corey Davis.

Potential with the Jets

The Jets bolstered their WR depth chart, adding Corey Davis to Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. We didn't get to see much of Mims in his rookie season, but we are all aware of his potential and playmaking ability.

As Sam Darnold goes, so does the Jets offense. You are only as good as your quarterback (and offensive line) in the NFL. If Darnold can stay healthy, and he is the starting QB come Week 1, there is hope for the Jets offense.

Originally I assumed the Jets would just draft Sewell and keep adding with all their top 100 picks. Now they have to draft a rookie quarterback, protect him, adding some run blockers and find a running back!

The offensive line is a huge question mark entering 2021. Pro Football Focus ranked them 29th in the NFL at the end of last season. They will need to address this issue in free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.

New York has five of the first 87 picks in the upcoming draft thanks to the Seattle Seahawks trading for Jamal Adams.

The Jets also do not currently have RB1 on the depth chart. That will also make it difficult to move the ball on offense.

Trading Darnold and drafting Wilson could be a boost for Corey Davis' Fantasy value, but most likely not a consistent one. Davis leaves one of the better offenses in the NFL to join a rebuilding Jets franchise.

How Will the Titans Replace Davis

As of now, Tennessee's wide receiver depth chart is depleted behind A.J. Brown. Some of the most experienced Fantasy players couldn't even tell you who is currently on the roster.

Not only that, but they also let Jonnu Smith leave in free agency to sign with the New England Patriots.

How many carries do they think Derrick Henry can handle?

As of today, March 15th, the Titans offense is in desperate need of help.

Final Thoughts

The Jets have money to burn and needed help on the offensive side of the ball. Problem is, they still need a lot more and we do not know that Corey Davis is the answer. He certainly wasn't for the Titans most of his career in Tennessee.

As free agency moves along and the 2021 NFL Draft takes place, this signing will either look really good or really bad in hindsight. I don't think, like when they signed Jamison Crowder, this signing can just work for both sides yet have no impact in real life.

Now if you somehow replace Darnold with Wilson or Watson, then we can put all the blame on Davis if this doesn't work out.

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