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It's no secret that wide receiver is one of the most urgent needs for the New York Jets as they look at bettering their team through free agency and the NFL Draft. Free agency kicks off in less than a month, and already the Jets are rumored to have interest in pending free agents Jeremy Maclin and Emannuel Sanders. While Sanders and/or Maclin might be a boost to this offense, what about thinking longer term? It has been a long time since the Jets have drafted and grown their own true top receiver.

On Tuesday NFL Network's draft guru Mike Mayock answered questions from reporters on a conference call. According to Around The League's Dan Hanzus, Mayock was asked if the Jets might have interest in the receivers of this draft class.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all, if the?Jets?pick multiple wide receivers this year," Mayock told reporters. "You're sitting there at [the 18th pick], I've said earlier I think any one of three receivers sitting there. Marqise Lee who is a different guy that fits in that slot, outside and helps in the return game, versus the two big-bodied guys -- Evans and Benjamin.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, jets, Mike Mayock, New York Jets, NYJets, wide receiver, Brian Bassett
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With Victor Cruz?s return to Big Blue official, the Giants can easily be placed into the argument of having the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Now, Cruz would have likely been here anyway had he not signed the five-year, $43 million contract extension, but a happy Victor Cruz means a productive, salsa-dancing Victor Cruz.

I wrote earlier this offseason that the Giants need Cruz in the mix for the receiving corps to reach its full potential, and that is now the case.

Tags: 49ers, Brandon Myers, eagles, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Louis Murphy, michael crabtree, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, receiving corps, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

ROBERT WOODSPosition: Wide receiver

School: Southern California

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Editorial Aside, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

Larry Warford

LARRY WARFORDPosition: Offensive Guard

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Editorial Aside, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

BJ?RN WERNERPosition: Defensive End / Outside Linebacker

School: Florida State

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Editorial Aside, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

BARKEVIOUS MINGOPosition: Outside Linebacker

School: LSU

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

DION JORDANPosition: Defensive End / Outside Linebacker

School: Oregon

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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With the 2013 NFL Draft less than a month away, TJB will offer some daily insight on players in this year's draft class. ?Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it?s time for the Jets to make a selection.

TAVON AUSTINPosition: Wide receiver

School: West Virginia

Tags: NFL Draft, NYJets, Tavon Austin, wide receiver, WVU, Brian Bassett
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  1. Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tenn - Patterson was the best kept secret entering the 2012 NCAA season. There were whispers about a Junior College kid that could add a different dynamic to an already talented receiver corps. Little did everyone know Patterson would become the star of that group and show the ability to take over games. Patterson scored through the air, on the ground, and it the return game this season for the Vols. He was often the fastest player on the field, and that says a lot in the SEC. At 6'3" 200 lbs he could run a sub 4.4 at the combine.
  2. Keenan Allen WR Cal - Allen is the #1 receiver on many big boards and his size/strength combo is hard to match. Allen is a decent route runner and has shwon that he can make the tough catches over the middle. He is number two on this list but he is the most NFL ready wide out and will start from day one for a team.
  3. DeAndre Hopkins WR Clem - Hopkins in game speed is mind boggling. He will probably run somewhere in the 4.37 range at the combine but that hardly reflects how fast he is in pads. He makes defenders seem as though they are standing still when he runs routes. His dependable hands and crisp cuts make him tailored to the NFL game.
  4. Da'Rick Rogers WR Tenn Tech - Rogers has first round talent, but has 7th round character. Countless disciplinary problems at Tennessee led to his dismissal and the maturity still isn't there. With that said the kid can ball and that is what ultimately matters in the NFL.? Rogers' hands are comparable to Hakeem Nicks, he rarely drops passes. He will make a team extremely happy in the 2nd round.
  5. Terrance Williams WR Baylor - Williams isn't the fastest player in this draft class but he showed last season that he is a top tier receiver. His production increased after RGIII went pro and he dominated games last season. His 300+ yard game against West Virginia showcased his sleek route running and understanding of zone concepts.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Draft Giants, 2013 NFL draft prospects, 2013 NFL Draft Tight Ends, 2013 NFL Draft Wide Receiver, New York Giants, New York Giants Draft, NFL Draft, Editorial Aside
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When healthy, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz form a dynamic duo on the outside as targets for Eli Manning.

Yet that duo is in some jeopardy, with Nicks recovering from injury and Cruz?s contract status up in the air.

But all signs point to the Giants working out a deal with Cruz and Nicks being fully ready to go for the 2013 season.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, Domenik Hixon, Free Agency, giants, Hakeem Nicks, jerrel jernigan, Jerry Reese, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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It?s Week 17, and the Giants need a win and some help in order to reach the postseason. Yet, star wide receiver Victor Cruz says he and the team are very calm.

?We understand exactly what we need to do,? he said. ?I think the pressure is off of us a little bit. We?ve just got to go out there and play football.?

Regardless of the other results, the Giants obviously need to defeat the Eagles in order to have any chance at a playoff berth. Even so, ending the year on a high note seems to be a popular theme among the players as well.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, contract, cruz contract, eagles, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, Pro Bowl, salsa, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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Jets practice squad wide receiver Jordan White is ready to be the next man up.

It hasn?t been an easy five months for White, the rookie wide receiver out of Western Michigan who had an impressive rookie minicamp then was injured just a couple weeks later during Organized Team Activities (OTAs). White had to undergo surgery for a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot, having a screw placed into the foot and he is just now starting to get back to the form that saw him become the talk of rookie minicamp.

It was a non-contact injury that he suffered during a special teams drill when he made a bad cut, the result perhaps of a pre-existing stress fracture.

Tags: Jordan White, metatarsal, News, NYJets, Player Profile, Editorial Aside, practice squad, Receiver, Western Michigan
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Jets rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill went straight to the sidelines after he came up lame on Sunday afternoon trying to chase down a deep ball from quarterback Mark Sanchez, never to step foot on the field for the rest of the Jets 23-20 overtime win in Miami.

On Monday, head coach Rex Ryan told the media that Hill was ?iffy? with a right hamstring injury, casting doubt on if the Jets will have a player who could be a red zone threat against the tough San Francisco defense. Hill spent Wednesday?s practice on the stationary bike and then working with the training staff on agility and stretching exercises.

?[The] hamstring is coming along but we?ll just get the final word from the coaches and the training staff later on,? Hill said.

Tags: Hamstring, New York Jets, News, Player Profile, Rex Ryan, Rookie, Stephen Hill, wide receiver
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Check out this quote from Gregg Rosenthal in a post he wrote for NFL.com on the topic of whether or not Rex Ryan might be on the hot seat at the end of the season based on some of the quotes from the Jets head coach yesterday.

Ryan actually might benefit from the?Jets' awful offseason and preseason. Expectations are low. If they make the playoffs --?like we expect?-- it will be viewed as a great achievement.

It's a backhanded compliment, to be sure. ?We agree that the Jets are likely to make the playoffs above most everyone's expectations. ?The team is going to be great on defense and the offense has sufficient talent to be fine. ?The Jets preseason was bad in that they weren't scoring or winning meaningless preseason games thanks to injuries and the rest ... but what does he mean by the "awful offseason"? Awful how? In that ESPN rammed Tebow coverage down our throats every day since March? ?If that's the definition, then yes, it was an utter abomination. ?As far as the Jets, we thought they did pretty well in the talent?acquisition aspect.

Tags: jets, Links, News, nfl, right tackle, safety, Tebow, wide receiver, Brian Bassett
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One of the most interesting debates we had during our "Most Important Giant" countdown was over the team's most important wide receiver.

Although Victor Cruz ranked fourth and Hakeem Nicks ranked fifth when averaging all nine of our lists, Nicks actually ranked higher than Cruz on five of the nine voters' personal list.

So who do you think is more important?

Tags: Hakeem Nicks, most important, New York Giants, New York Giants News, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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All 32 owners voted unanimously in favor of new rules that will help re-define and re-emphasize illegal hits on defenseless receivers.

According to an article on NJ.com:

A 15-yard penalty will result for anyone who leaves both feet before contact to spring forward and upward into an opponent and delivers a blow to the helmet with any part of his helmet.

Tags: concussions, defenseless receiver, helmet to helmet, illegal hits, new rules, New York Giants, NFL
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You can place this in the "better them than us" category if you like......

Former Giant WR Sinorice Moss was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles today.? He recently had been in the news for being worked out by the Washington Redskins last week.

Tags: Injured reserve list, National Football League, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Sinorice Moss, University of Miami, Washington Redskins, wide receiver
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