Desperately seeking ways to upgrade a roster that's averaging barely over 17 points per game, the New York Jets have reportedly reached an agreement to sign playmaker Josh Cribbs, who should possess sneaky fantasy value moving forward.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the move:
Jets are signing WR Josh Cribbs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2013
Cribbs took to Twitter after the signing:
Cribbs had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee in the offseason. He then signed a free-agent deal with Oakland, but the Raiders cut him during the preseason.
Cribbs started his career with the Cleveland Browns and spent the early portion of it as a return specialist. Eventually, he worked his way into a bigger role within the offense, catching 41 passes for 518 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.
A quick glance at New York's receiving corps shows Cribbs should be able to carve out a similar, and potentially bigger, niche for himself with the Jets.
The team needs to get more talent around rookie signal-caller Geno Smith to help his development. Santonio Holmes is a useful veteran, but he's out with a hamstring injury. The same goes for tight end Kellen Winslow, who has been a favorite target of Smith's but is now suspended for four games due to violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Will Cribbs make an impact with the Jets?
Without that duo, unproven assets like Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill now headline the passing game. While Kerley can be a solid depth receiver and Hill has potential, it's hard to expect a rookie quarterback to shine with such limited options.
Exactly how involved Cribbs will be in the offense from the outset is unclear. But based purely on his ability to stretch the field and the Jets' lack of playmakers on offense, the coaching staff should at least give him a chance to earn snaps.
From a fantasy perspective, Cribbs' potential role as one of the main targets is worth a speculative pickup.
Don't start him in Week 7, but most fantasy teams have one or two weak players on the bench who have very little chance of actually helping win games. If Cribbs becomes a key cog in the Jets offense, he can be an asset in fantasy.
The worst-case scenario is he never fits in with the Jets and becomes droppable within a handful of weeks. However, New York should give him a serious chance to avoid that fate.
In terms of overall value, Cribbs should be a No. 3 wide receiver or flex option once he gets comfortable in the offense. That's an important fantasy role with plenty of bye weeks on the horizon.