The Jets may not have a player who's regarded as a true No. 1 wide receiver or running back, so they're embracing the depth they have on offense.
"You can't win with one player,'' Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "We need every man that's dressed to contribute. If everyone shows their talent -- and it's our job as coaches to showcase what they do best -- then it takes a team effort and you get a team win.''
New York entered the season without a receiver who was regarded in the same tier of stardom as players like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, but it did boast its depth. After all, the Jets, thanks to a receiving corps of Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor, are the only team with four players with an 800-yard season.
"Being No. 1 doesn't really matter,'' Enunwa said. "A lot of times when you have a No. 1, the ball doesn't get spread around a lot. I would love for everybody to get the ball and for us to win. It worked on Monday, maybe [it] can set a trend.''
Even at running back, the Jets don't have a feature back among the likes of Todd Gurley, and while Le'Veon Bell hasn't yet reported to the Steelers, he doesn't appear to be in New York's plans (at least for this season). Instead, the Jets had Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell combine for 162 rushing yards in Monday's 48-17 win over the Detroit Lions.
"It's nice when the opposing defense doesn't know where the ball's going,'' guard Brian Winters said. "It spreads the offense out and they don't just lock in on one person. It keeps everyone guessing on who we're going to.''
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns in his debut, spread the ball out on offense on Monday. Though he targeted Enunwa on 10 of his 21 pass attempts, he threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Anderson and completed three passes for 49 yards to Pryor.
"I feel like we've got a lot of guys that can do a lot of different things," Kearse said. "We've just got playmakers -- guys who, when the ball is thrown their way, make plays.''
Keep in mind, the Jets played their season-opener without Kearse, who was dealing with an abdomen injury but practiced in full Thursday as he looks to make his return, and running back Elijah McGuire, last year's sixth-round pick who will be eligible to come off injured reserve with a broken foot in Week 9.
"I don't know if it's an advantage or disadvantage," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. "We've got guys that can do different things. You like to spread the ball out regardless of who you have -- and that's what we're trying to do.''