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Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham scheduled for visits with Jets

Odell Beckham Jr. AP

The Jets have added running back Chris Johnson and wide receiver Eric Decker to the team this offseason, but few expect that they’re done addressing the offensive skill positions.

The Jets will add some fuel to that school of thought next week when they host wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham for pre-draft visits. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that both players will spend time with the team.

Cooks has been on the Jets’ radar for some time as offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg checked out his pro day at Oregon State last month. The Jets were thought to be very interested in wide receiver Tavon Austin last season and Cooks, the fastest wideout at the combine, would offer them some of the same skills.

The same is true of Beckham, who is a bit bigger than Cooks but still under six feet. Beckham was also a standout returner at LSU, which would broaden his potential contributions to the team beyond playing opposite Decker in the team’s offense. Throw in USC’s Marqise Lee and there are three receivers cut from a similar cloth that the Jets will be considering for the next few weeks.

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4 Responses to “Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham scheduled for visits with Jets”
  1. micknangold says: Apr 17, 2014 1:22 PM

    My only concern is both Cooks and Beckham look to be slot receivers, and I really do like Kerley in that role. I’d much rather the Jets go with the best available player at 18 then try to draft a need. They did so with Sheldon Richardson last year and that wound up being a great decision.

    If they feel like they have to get a receiver, I’d prefer Cooks based on the scouting reports I’ve seen online. The consensus seems to be he has better hands, and after years of Jets receivers with the same problem I can’t stomach another guy with the dropsies.

    More than anything, I want them to fire Sanjay Lal. I’m sorry, but a competent wide receivers coach would get a more out of someone with Stephen Hill’s physical toolset. Plenty of blame belongs to Hill, but c’mon. You see guys with no football experience come in and produce as pass catchers by year 2, some by year 1, just based on a combo of good coaching and physical ability. The Jets need a better WR coach if the receiving corps is going to improve as a unit.

  2. stekaz says: Apr 17, 2014 1:49 PM

    Anyone willing to guess who would get the highest consensus draft grades among the three?

  3. vavrek107 says: Apr 17, 2014 1:59 PM

    Have to agree I just don’t understand how they have not worked with Hill on his catching skills, Granted he came from a school where they did not throw the ball a lot and he did a lot of blocking. BUT come on help this kid out some. As for the draft, If and its a BIG if Ebron falls to 18 the Jets have to take him. I know we all have visions of Anthony Becht but this kid could be a game changer. If he is taken then I say CB in the 1st, WR in the 2Nd, TE in the 3rd and with two picks in the 4th BPA, Lower rounds we need backup for Mangold and Ferg who are not getting any younger.

  4. monropoobah says: Apr 17, 2014 7:36 PM

    who says they didn’t work with hill on catching the ball. you wouldn’t have seen it because he was injured a lot this year. don’t give up on him yet.

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