Hansen failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Panthers.
Hansen played 28 of 70 offensive snaps Sunday and was the clear No. 3 receiver for the Jets. Receivers Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse -- along with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins -- were the only players with multiple targets. The Jets passing game isn't diverse enough in its current form for Hansen to be a viable or consistent fantasy option.
Hansen caught three of four targets for 33 yards during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Head coach Todd Bowles said last week that Hansen should get more reps in light of Jeremy Kerley's four-game suspension, and that certainly came to fruition Sunday as Hansen caught the first passes of his career. It's certainly a step in the right direction, but with a number of pass catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, not to mention the running back and tight end options, his fantasy upside is fairly limited.
Coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Hansen will see an increased role in the wake of Jeremy Kerley's four-game suspension, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
A 2017 fourth-round pick, Hansen has yet to make his presence felt on offense. While he's likely to be more of a depth receiver over the next four games, Hansen will be an injury away from being thrown into the fire.
Hansen caught both of his targets for 13 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Lions.
Hansen easily saw the most reps amongst the Jets' receiving corps Saturday, so it's clear that New York management wants to see what they have in the first-year Cal product. Notably, both he and fellow rookie ArDarius Stewart vastly out-snapped Charone Peake, who was only on the field for two plays and seems to be falling out of favor with the team. Thus, it seems Hansen is moving up the depth chart and could be in store for another large workload in the third preseason game Saturday against the Giants.
Hansen (knee) is expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Titans.
Although Hansen was slowed by a knee injury during the early goings of training camp, his participation Saturday would suggest that's no longer an issue. The rookie should be in line to see a respectable amount of playing time but likely won't rotate in until Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall (suspension), Charone Peake and ArDarius Stewart have gotten theirs.
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