On the surface, it might seem like the Jets are replacing Elijah Moore as the No. 1 option in the passing game with the addition of first-round rookie Garrett Wilson. But what if Wilson was added to complement Moore? We'll find out which young receiver quarterback Zach Wilson prefers, and hopefully both Moore and Garrett Wilson can excel in 2022 and beyond. For this season, we still like Moore ahead of Wilson coming into the year, and hopefully Moore can build off a quality rookie campaign. Moore is worth drafting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues as early as Round 3. He missed six games due to injury, including the final five outings with a quad problem, but he also scored at least 12 PPR points in five of his final six games. Over that stretch, Moore averaged 18.0 PPR points per game. He has that type of upside, and hopefully he can produce at that level for a full season.
Moore will be joined by rookie 10th overall pick Garrett Wilson in New York's receiving corps, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. For a third consecutive draft, the Jets used a premium selection on a wide receiver. While 2020 second-rounder Denzel Mims is shaping up to be a bust, the early returns on Moore -- selected 34th overall in 2021 -- look encouraging, and Wilson is the team's most highly regarded receiving prospect yet coming out of Ohio State. Moore and Wilson profile similarly as fast, undersized receivers who can play both outside and in the slot. New York will likely take advantage of their versatility by moving Moore and Wilson around frequently, but Corey Davis (groin) could be the team's premier red-zone threat given his larger frame.
Moore (quadriceps) finished his rookie season with 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns. He added 54 yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts. The second-round pick out of Ole Miss burst onto the scene with a terrific training camp and preseason, but New York's shaky quarterback play led to a slow start for Moore. He heated up in the middle of the season, catching 34 of 51 targets for 459 yards and five touchdowns over his last six games before a quadriceps injury and stint in COVID-19 protocols ended Moore's campaign after 11 appearances. The arrow's pointing up for Moore heading into his sophomore season, and he's expected to be fully healthy by then and ready to build on his strong play prior to getting hurt.
Moore (quadriceps) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills. With Moore not among the Jets' activations ahead of Week 18 action and Braxton Berrios (quad) having been placed on IR on Friday, look for Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole and Jeff Smith to head the team's wide receiver corps in Sunday's season finale.
Coach Robert Saleh said Moore (quadriceps) is "trending south" for Sunday's game against the Bills, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. Moore appears to have cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols but remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The bigger issue is he hasn't returned to practice since landing on injured reserve with the quadriceps injury Dec. 13. It appears the 21-year-old will end up missing the final five games of the season due to the injury, which would leave him with 43 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns to go along with five carries for 54 yards and another score in 11 games as a rookie.
Moore (quadriceps) continued to take part in rehab work off to the side during Thursday's practice and appears unlikely to be available for Sunday's game against the Bills, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Moore technically remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, Dec. 16, but that looks to be merely a formality at this point. Since he's been at the Jets' facility for the last few days, Moore has seemingly cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, but he'll be moved to injured reserve whenever he's activated from the list. The Jets didn't designate Moore for return from IR before he contracted the virus, so he has yet to take part in practice with his healthy teammates since suffering the quad injury Week 13 against the Eagles. Even if Moore is cleared to practice Friday, one workout probably won't be enough for the Jets to feel comfortable activating him for the season finale following a month-long absence.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|11||11/20||@New England Patriots||5||18.56|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||77||43||538||5||24||12.51||94|