Pending WR Jets free agent Braxton Berrios shines against Bucs

Braxton Berrios could make a lot of money, whether it’s from the Jets or someone else.

With top receivers Jamison Crowder, Elijah Moore and Corey Davis missing, top tight ends Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin unavailable and No.1 running back Michael Carter suffering from a concussion in the first quarter, Berrios was the focal point. of the Jets offensive Sunday afternoon.

He caught one touchdown and ran for another, becoming the first Jets wide receiver to do so in the same game. He was 65 meters in the air and 12 on the ground. It was almost enough to produce a stunning upset from Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a heartbreaking 28-24 loss at MetLife Stadium.

Berrios, however, continued his late season ascent. The 26-year-old unrestricted free agent and former sixth-round pick from Miami could find his way to a significant salary in the offseason, already registering a career-high in receptions (38). At least he increased his value after being cut by the Patriots in 2019 and taken over by the Jets.

Playing mostly out of the slot, he has 20 receptions for 180 yards, one receiving touchdown and two rushing scores in the last four games. He also returned a 102-yard kickoff at home in last week’s victory over the Jaguars.

Braxton Berrios
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The call that ultimately changed the game was supposed to go to Berrios as well, and if it did, the Jets might have won. They had a fourth and 2 on the Buccaneers 7-yard line with 2:17 left. Quarterback Zach Wilson ended up getting stuffed by a quarterback, but coach Robert Saleh said it was supposed to be a race for Berrios.

“We wanted the ball to go to Berrios but we did a really bad job as a coaching staff in communicating that in the squad,” Saleh said. “Unfortunately if you watch the TV copy again, Braxton probably has a first try and the game is over. It’s poor work on our part for lack of communication.

The Jets did a good job using the multi-talented Berrios, and he rewarded them with the best production of his NFL career. Now they have to find a way to keep it.

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