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Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. Over the next few weeks, we'll be looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
We start by looking at the three wide receivers: Deshon Foxx, Darius Jennings, and Myles White. All three are undrafted free agents with similar skill-sets. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.
At 26, White is two years older than Foxx and Jennings and entered the league two years earlier -- in 2013. He saw action off the bench in his rookie year with the Packers and also with the Giants in 2015. Overall, he caught 16 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. He's also been productive in preseason action, including in 2015, where his 16 catches represented the third-highest total in the NFL.
Jennings saw action in four games as a rookie with Cleveland, catching 14 passes for 117 yards, including six in the season finale. He spent 2016 on the practice squads for Cleveland and Chicago.
Foxx has only seen action on 13 snaps in preseason action over his first two years with Seattle, but caught two passes for 14 yards.
White also has the best size of the three at just over six feet tall. He's a couple of inches taller and 10-to-15 pounds bigger than Foxx and Jennings. All three ran under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of over 10 feet. However, Foxx's agility numbers and vertical leap were disappointing. White had a slight edge over Jennings across the board.
All three have seen action in the slot and outside. Foxx was also employed as a wildcat quarterback in college, having begun his career as a running back. Jennings also played quarterback in high school.
While all three made plays down the field in college, they've yet to show the ability to get deep separation at the next level. White was primarily a possession receiver in his first few years, although he did make a few downfield catches after joining the Giants. Jennings' longest catch in regular season play was just 16 yards, but he had a 25-yarder on a deep crosser in preseason action.
White seems to excel at tracking and coming down with deep passes, while this is something that Jennings can sometimes look awkward doing.
With Foxx being a converted back, he has the rawest skill-set of the three in terms of getting open, but has good quickness out of the slot. He has typically done a lot of damage on bubble screens. Myles has the most polished route-running ability of the three, but you would expect that with him having been in the league a little longer.
Foxx had some issues with drops in college, including one game against South Florida where he had two costly drops on potential touchdown passes. However, his drop rate in his senior year wasn't bad. Jennings caught 14 of 20 targets in NFL regular season action, but four of the six incompletions were drops. In two years of preseason action, he had 10 catches but no drops.
White had a high catch rate when with the Packers, but it dropped below 40 percent with the Giants as they were targeting him downfield more often. He only had a few drops, though. Of the three, White was the only one who has displayed an ability to make highlight-reel grabs like the one shown below. He also displayed the ability to go up and get it in a crowd.
Yards after the catch
Each of them has the athleticism to create extra yardage after the catch, with Jennings and Foxx also having plenty of rushing attempts in college. All three have lost a couple of fumbles in recent years.
None of them displayed much in the way of blocking abilities. When running wide receiver screens, they'd all have been more likely to be the player catching the pass than the one required to make the block.
Foxx and Jennings each have extensive experience returning kicks. Jennings had a career-best 27.1 yards per kickoff return average in his senior year at Virginia and has returned seven kickoffs in regular season action with the Browns. He also had some success in the preseason, averaging 24 yards per return with a long of 54 yards. Foxx was less successful on kickoffs, although he scored a touchdown on a punt return at UConn. He also fielded a couple of punts in preseason action with Seattle.
White doesn't have any experience returning kicks, but saw some work as a gunner with the Giants, clinching one win when he recovered a fumbled muff against Dallas.
None of them have any major injury issues, although Foxx missed most of his sophomore year after having season-ending surgery. Foxx was released from Seattle with an injury settlement but that was a minor hamstring issue.
Wide receiver is one of the few positions on the team where the Jets have some depth and players with young potential. In that respect, it might be difficult to make the roster in 2017. However, if the team decides to part ways with Brandon Marshall and/or Eric Decker, perhaps that will open up a rotational role for one of these players.
Of the three, White has a slight advantage in terms of experience, athleticism and how dynamic he is on film. However, he's the only one of the three who hasn't done much as a return man, which might be the most realistic path to a roster spot for any of them.