Will Deep 6 these Jets
week’s disappointment that prompted Bowles to call out what’s expected to be his most stout position group.
The real threat isn’t Beast Mode. It’s Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Carr has one of the best receiving duos in the league at his disposal. Crabtree and Cooper have been target monsters in their two full seasons together. Crabtree is steady. Cooper has just scratched the surface of his potential. They’re massive headaches each week.
“I feel like ain’t nobody in the NFL that’s not good,” Claiborne said. “Each and every week you got guys on both sides that can do damage to you. They just so happen that they got two stars over there.”
The Raiders increased Cooper’s usage on the most important part of the field last week. Cooper had four red-zone targets (that included a touchdown) in the season opener after getting only 20 in his first 32 games. The third-year wideout had no career catches on only seven targets inside the 10-yard line before getting four looks in the first two drives in Week 1.
Although Crabtree was tied for fifth in the league with 21 red-zone targets last season, Cooper simply shouldn’t be overlooked near the end zone anymore.
“He’s their best receiver in my opinion,” Skrine said of Cooper, who is one of only three players with at least 70 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards in his first two seasons (along with Marques Colston and Odell Beckham, Jr.).
Wilkerson, Williams, et al must generate consistent pressure on Carr or the Jets secondary doesn’t stand a chance against those wideouts. The Jets’ issues with tight ends (see: Charles Clay last week) might bode well for Jared Cook, who caught all five of his targets with his new team last week. e haven’t even factored in whether John Morton’s offense, coming off the franchise’s worst yardage output in more than 2½ years, can keep up.
The NFL isn’t immune to huge upsets, but it’s hard to imagine anything other than more pain for the Jets on Sunday. Don’t expect any miracles in The Black Hole.