Jets targeting free agent receivers Maclin and Sanders

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It’s hardly a surprise the Jets want to add some pop to their passing game, since it ranked 31st in the league last year.

And they’re apparently thinking about doing so in free agency.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets are eyeballing free agent wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders, in hopes of upgrading the position.

Giving some help to quarterback Geno Smith makes sense, as the Jets only got seven touchdowns out of all their wideouts last year, fewer than 17 individual receivers in the league.

Cutting Santonio Holmes will add more than $8 million to their free agency war chest.

Maclin could be a value buy after tearing his ACL in Eagles training camp last summer, and he has experience with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Sanders established career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns for the Steelers last year, after getting a restricted free agent offer sheet from the Patriots which was matched.