NY Jets to sign WR Keelan Cole, why he fits their offseason strategy

Andy Vasquez
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The New York Jets added a pass-catching weapon on Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole according to ESPN. 

Cole's arrival on a one-year, $5.5 million deal might have some Jets fans feeling a bit deflated after their team was linked to star free agent receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on Thursday. But the lesser-known Cole is a nice addition to a wide receiver room that needs all the help it can get moving forward.

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Cole, who is coming off one of the best years of his career and turns 28 before the season, gives the Jets some much-needed depth and versatility. 

In Jacksonville, Cole was primarily a slot receiver in 2020. But at 6-1 he has the size to line up anywhere, and he has over the course of his career.

If the Jets want to move on from Jamison Crowder to clear cap space, Cole could be a replacement, but it would be a downgrade.

If they wanted to add Smith-Schuster it could still happen as a replacement for Crowder in the slot, and with Cole lining up outside. The Jets could also wait until the draft and try to snag a receiver in this deep class. They have three of the first 34 picks.

Cole joins an improving receiver group that includes Crowder, 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims, the newly-added Corey Davis and backup slot receiver Braxton Berrios. 

The Cole deal follows the blueprint general manager Joe Douglas has been using this offseason: a short-term contracts on a player with major upside. 

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday, September 13, 2020. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Jets add offensive lineman 

The Jets also added a backup offensive lineman, former Chargers guard and center Dan Feeny, according to Sirius/XM. Feeney, 26, started every game for the Chargers over the past three seasons. But he has struggled to be consistent and was one of the worst-graded offensive linemen in the league last season. 

The 2017 third-round pick will provide the Jets depth. But they have a lot of work to solve their offensive line woes on the interior. With the free agency market thin, that will likely have to be addressed in the draft. 

Andy Vasquez is the Jets beat writer for For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.


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