You'd be hard-pressed to find an NFL franchise that can't use more help at the receiver position. Even premium Super Bowl candidates such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills have perceived weaknesses at the WR2 and WR3 spots. The 2022 NFL Draft is stacked with exciting pass-catching talent and represents an opportunity for all 32 squads to upgrade their wide receiver depth chart. Certain teams may miss out on their desired candidates, however, and such a scenario will force general managers to search for help via the free agency and trade markets. Recent spending at the position has backfired in recent years, with perceived prize possessions such as Kenny Golladay and Corey Davis failing to make the desired impacts. Such backfires may lead to hesitancy in the 2022 free-agent market and could create more high-ceiling, low-cost trade scenarios. A pair of young receivers who may find themselves on the move this offseason include New York Jets receiver Denzel Mims and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jalen Reagor, both of which have failed to develop into the playmakers they were largely viewed as capable of becoming. Should a trade be forthcoming, Mims is the player worth gambling on. Although both receivers have undeniably been extremely frustrating, Mims at least possesses some of the "unknown factor" that makes taking him on as a reclamation project particularly intriguing. Mims' lack of ability to secure a top-four spot for himself in New York's depth chart absolutely qualifies as rather alarming and must be vetted. But there's at least some untapped potential to explore, whereas the Eagles have given Reagor plenty of opportunities and targets to showcase himself as a starter, all of which have unfortunately been squandered. A sophomore second-round selection out of Baylor, Mims failed to establish himself as a respectable member of the Jets' pass-catching corps despite them possessing a huge need at the position. Rookie receiver Elijah Moore quickly earned a top-two role next to Davis, but season-ending injuries to both receivers forced the Jets to search for alternative solutions. Those newfound targets largely went to Braxton Berrios and Jamison Crowder down the stretch, as opposed to Mims, who finished the season with just eight receptions. It's a similar story for Reagor, who is currently viewed as one of the larger first-round busts in recent history. Reagor continues to struggle with consistency and drops, and Sunday's painful showing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be Reagor's last appearance in an Eagles uniform. The former TCU receiver generally showcased a lack of urgency and attention to detail while fumbling twice, one of which was lost deep in Philadelphia's own territory. The Eagles drafted Reagor one spot before the Vikings selected Justin Jefferson, a fact that continues to haunt general manager Howie Roseman to this day. Both Mims and Reagor may benefit from leaving their current homes in search of greener pastures. A change of scenery is needed in both cases. Neither receiver should be viewed as "the answer" for a team's current pass-catching woes. A low-cost gamble, such as a conditional seventh-round draft selection, may be enough compensation to lure either player away from their current situation. For reasons explained, Mims is the player with a bit more positive potential in the "unknown" department.
- Sep 29, 2023
- Sep 29, 2023