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The New York Giants had a terrible passing offense last year, one of the worst in the league.

Quarterback Geno Smith struggled immensely to find any sort of consistency in his first year of professional football. 

The 23-year old wasn't helped by the fact that he didn't have any playmaking receivers at his disposal that he could count to haul in a long bomb or turn an eight-yard catch into a 40 yard gain.

The Jets coaching staff and head office have noticed this talent vacuum in the receiving corp and are set to go all out in a bid to offer Smith better targets for the 2014 season.

According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the Jets have lined up Hakeem Nicks of their rivals the Giants, Super Bowl winner Golden Tate, and Pittsburgh Steelers man Emmanuel Sanders.

The Jets were reportedly after Jeremy Maclin as well, but the 25-year old penned a new deal with the Philadelphia Eagles last week and thus won't be available.

Rex Ryan and co. could face a battle from the New England Patriots for Sanders. Bill Belichick tried to land him last year, and with the Patriots in the market for a receiver this off-season as well, they could turn their attention back to Sanders.

The Hakeem Nicks target comes out of the blue but does have some credence to it. 

Nicks hasn't been himself since suffering an injury hit period that has limited his output. In 15 games last season, Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards but didn't notch a single touchdown.

Golden Tate may have just won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks, but they apparently haven't even spoke to him about a new deal, and he seems certain to hit the market. Tate was actually Pete Carroll's number one receiver last year, leading the Seahawks in receiving yards with 898 on 64 catches and five touchdowns.

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