Who are the Jets' Receivers?
By Michael Ferraro
The New York Jets wide receivers are nothing to write home about, it might sound cruel and bit overzealous but who does Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith have to throw besides Santonio Holmes at the wide receiver position?
The second string receiver isJeremy Kerley and after that most people couldn’t name the rest of the receivers on the roster. The Jets needed to address the lack of depth at the receiver position during the draft and free agency. However, the Jets’ made no real attempt to upgrade one of the weakest parts of their roster. They added Kellen Winslow Jr. but he upgraded a tight end position already weakened by the loss of Dustin Keller and still no attempt was made to improve the receiving core.
The wide receivers on the Jets’ roster are Joseph Collins, Marcus Davis, Clyde Gates, Vidal Hazelton, Stephen Hill, Thomas Mayo, Ben Obomanu, Zach Rogers, Titus Ryan, K.J. Stroud, Ryan Spadola and Jordan White. The only name people might recognize is Stephen Hill but he is still a young receiver and has little experience, compared to most No.3 receivers on a NFL team. The Jets lack the depth at the wide receiver position that is needed to help make a quarterback successful and not giving a quarterback enough weapons is putting him behind the eight ball from the start.
The Jets; third string receiver Hill has played in a grand total of 11 games and has started only eight games with 21 receptions for 252 yards with three receiving touchdowns. Gates has career total of three receptions for 32 yards and only two career starts, and Hazelton has yet to play in an NFL game. Obomanu has the most experience out of the Jets acquisitions at the wide receiver position; he has played in 66 games, started 13 of them and has 87 receptions for 1209 yards with seven receiving touchdowns.
The lack of wide receiver depth has been over looked by and it was one of the reasons the Jets faltered last season, along with poor quarterback play. This offseason the Jets should addressed the lack of wide receiver depth and not brushed it aside. Rex Ryan should have done more and while a hefty portion of the blame lands on Sanchez, like or not, he doesn’t have much help. The Jets’ will need to hope Holmes is healthy and that Kerley, Hill, Obomanu and the recent addition of Winslow Jr. will be enough to bring one of the worst passing teams out of the cellar.