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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen
On the bubble: KD Cannon, Deshon Foxx, Frankie Hammond, Chris Harper, Myles White, Marquess Wilson, Gabe Marks, Devin Street
Departures: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jeremy Ross
Key stat: Enunwa and Anderson combined for 100 catches, 1,444 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
With Decker missing most of the season due to injury, Enunwa and Anderson each stepped up and established themselves as core contributors in 2016. Enunwa, who had been employed in a hybrid tight end role in 2015, thrived in a more conventional receiver role, while the undrafted rookie Anderson established himself as a downfield threat in the preseason and continued to build upon that once he got regular-season opportunities.
Either or both of these players showed they could conceivably produce at a thousand-yard level if they could produce consistently over the course of a full season. Both are capable of making dynamic plays and could bring an unexpected element of excitement to a Jets offense many are writing off as pedestrian at best, however, they need to work on their consistency.
There are more promising youngsters expected to fill out the rotation, including two picks from this year's draft, the third-rounder Stewart and fourth-rounder Hansen. Both could start off as role players before moving into bigger roles as they develop. For example, Stewart could conceivably earn a role in the slot, while Hansen has a shot at being a deep-threat specialist.
The coaching staff will hope Stewart and Hansen can emulate the 75 catches and 900+ receiving yards of last year's rookies. Anderson led that group, but Jalin Marshall and Peake also contributed.
The promising Marshall will start the season off on a four-game suspension, so it might be difficult for him to regain his spot. However, nobody has stepped up and made the return man role his own at this stage, so that might be his easiest route back into a role once he returns. Peake brings some good size to the position, but will have to keep developing to retain his spot, especially once Marshall returns.
The Jets brought in a trio of undrafted rookies, perhaps hoping that one of them would be the next Anderson. Marks and Cannon both put up huge numbers in college, with Cannon being one of Bryce Petty's favorite targets at Baylor. However, the player who looked most likely to make it onto the roster -- return specialist Brisly Estime -- has already been lost for the season with an Achilles tear.
According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, Hammond is one of the leading contenders for a return specialist role. Hammond, along with White and Foxx, signed a futures contact with the Jets at the end of last season, but all three had been considered long-shots at best. Foxx could also be in the mix for a return role, but he's never played in an NFL game and has already been released and re-signed once this offseason.
Following Estime's injury, Decker's departure and also an injury to free-agent signing Quinton Patton, the Jets clearly weren't completely satisfied with their receiver group. They have added three more young veterans to the mix over the last month in Harper, Street and Wilson.
Of the three, Wilson perhaps has the best shot of making the roster, having produced well in Chicago when given opportunities. However, he broke his foot in 2015, then re-broke it twice over the next year, so he's going to have to prove he's healthy enough to contribute again.
Outlook: After Decker's departure, it became evident the Jets would adopt an approach of persevering with a low-cost group of young receivers and see which ones would step up. Players like Enunwa and Anderson will be expected build upon last year's contributions, but that won't be automatic with defenses now able to match their top corner up against them or roll more safety support that way. The Jets will ideally looking to establish which of these youngsters will be part of the team's future next year and beyond.