One of the more surprising performances thus far this season in the NFL has been that of the New York Jets. They have faced some huge deficits, but have always found a way to come back in the end and get the victory. Currently 5-2, the Jets have to be feeling good about the position that they are in. Elijah Moore is a name to watch as the trade deadline approaches, and both the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are potential suitors.
While the team is succeeding, there are a few players unhappy with their role in the lineup. Coming into the season, wide receiver Denzel Mims requested a trade as he wanted a chance to get on the field. That wasn’t going to be presented to him in New York, but they had no interest in trading him.
Now, another wide receiver is unhappy with how he is being deployed. This time it was Elijah Moore, the team’s second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Mims’ request made some sense, as he performed well in the preseason but wasn’t going to get a shot in the regular season. The same cannot be said about Moore.
Despite not suiting up in Week 7, Moore still has the highest snap percentage of any wide receiver on the team and is second most among all skill position players. Only tight end Tyler Conklin has been on the field more than Moore, who has 343 snaps.
Where the issue may lie, is in his usage. Moore is fifth on the team in targets and yardage and sixth on the team in receptions. But, the team is winning, which should be all that matters as other guys are putting personal success to the side with the team playing so well.
Moore is already garnering some attention in the trade market. According to reports, the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are teams to watch as potential landing spots for the Ole Miss product.
New York has said that they have no plans on trading Moore, which is easy to understand. This is a young, up-and-coming team and he is part of the future, even if he doesn’t feel that way currently.
The only way Gang Green would even entertain trading Moore is if they are blown away by an offer and receive something above market value. A desperate team looking to upgrade their wide receiver group, such as the Packers, could decide to do that. But, it seems very unlikely that Moore will be on the move ahead of the November 1st deadline.
As for the Chiefs, it seems unlikely that they would be willing to make a big offer due to the offensive depth they already have.