The New York Jets' puzzling handling of Super Bowl hero Mecole Hardman raises concerns, as the speedy receiver played fewer than 10% of the offensive snaps during his short-lived Jets tenure despite the team's struggling offense.

By the Numbers
  • Mecole Hardman scored the walk-off touchdown for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII, making three receptions for 57 yards.
  • Hardman played only 28 offensive snaps in six games as a Jet.
State of Play
  • Hardman, a weapon signed to elevate the Jets' offense, was relegated to the bench, while undrafted rookie Xavier Gipson leapfrogged him in the receiving corps' hierarchy.
  • The Jets' struggling offense finished 31st out of 32 teams, with underwhelming performances from key receivers.
Bottom Line

The mishandling of Mecole Hardman raises serious concerns for the Jets and highlights the need to avoid repeating similar mistakes with future free agent signings.