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There is no question that the Jets receiving corps is in much better shape now than it was at this time last year, but the depth chart is still a long way away from being finalized. There is still a massive hole at the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Eric Decker that the Jets never managed to fill in free agency.
There is no obvious candidate to win the job, but the good news is that the Jets have so many young, talented receivers on the roster that they have to figure that at least one of them steps into the role. Between Stephen Hill, David Nelson, newcomer Jacoby Ford or their three draft picks, there are nearly half a dozen players who could potentially win the job.
The Jets would prefer if Stephen Hill finally developed into the receiver they thought they drafted in the second round in 2011, but they cannot count on a player who was replaced by David Nelson in the middle of last season.
Meanwhile, Nelson is developing a strong chemistry with Geno Smith, per Jane McManus of ESPN. Nelson does not offer much in terms of long-term upside, but he has proven to at least be a reliable fallback option in case none of the other receivers claim the role.
Of the drafted receivers, UCLA's Shaq Evans makes the most sense to be a starting outside receiver because of his size and hands. The smaller Jalen Saunders has been more impressive in camp, per Cimini, but his stature (5'9") limits him to the slot position. The same could be said for free-agent acquisition Jacoby Ford, who was brought in more for his punt-returning ability than anything else.
Only time will tell which player winds up on top, but this position battle figures to be one of the biggest camp storylines to watch with an unusual amount of players in play for such a prominent position.