Jets Area of Strength – Wide Receiver

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Jets Area of Strength – Wide Receiver

Here at TOJ, we have been going through the various areas of concern and strength for the Jets heading into the 2010 season. So far the areas of concern have been quarterback and running back, while the area of strength has been linebacker. Today we add another area of strength with the Jets group of wide receivers:

Links to previous “Areas of Concern” and “Areas of Strength” articles

http://turnonthejets.com/2010/06/24/jets-area-of-strength-linebacker/

http://turnonthejets.com/2010/06/23/jets-area-of-concern-running-back/

http://turnonthejets.com/2010/06/28/jets-area-of-concern-quarterback/

The Jets have come a long way from Chansi Stuckey battling David Clowney and Brad Smith for a starting spot opposite of Jerricho Cotchery last summer. There may not be a team in football with a better top three receivers than the Jets this season. Yes, they will be without Santonio Holmes for the first four games because of a suspension but for the 3/4 of the season they are at full strength, their top three options are going to give defensive coordinators nightmares.

Here is the production of Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Santonio Holmes last year:

  • Edwards – 45 receptions, 680 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Cotchery – 57 receptions, 821 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • Holmes – 79 receptions, 1248 yards, 5 touchdowns

Initially, those numbers are nothing to go crazy over especially since Holmes is coming off his best season ever and can’t possibly match those numbers in only 12 games this season (except the touchdowns). Yet, keep in mind Edwards spent 4 games with a quarterback disaster in Cleveland and arrived just in time for the rough patch of Mark Sanchez’s season. Cotchery missed two and half games with an injury and was a likely 1,000 yard guy without that missed time. He produced at a high level, even with a rookie quarterback. As I said before, 2009 was Holmes best season. Here is the stat lines from Edwards and Cotchery’s best season:

  • Edwards (2007) 80 receptions, 1299 yards, 17 touchdowns
  • Cotchery (2007) 82 receptions, 1130 yards, 2 touchdowns (or you could argue for 2006 when he had 82 receptions, 961 yards and 6 touchdowns).

PhotobucketAll three of these guys are capable of being 1,000 yard receivers. Edwards is the most physically gifted of the three and seems poised for a big year after a great off-season and the expected improvement of Mark Sanchez. Holmes is just entering his prime as a legitimate number one receiver, and is the best overall receiver of the group. Cotchery will get looked over by people but he was doing just fine as the Jets number one receiver before the Edwards trade last  year and is going to kill teams out of the slot this season. He has the best hands out of the group, is the most precise route runner, and has the best chemistry with Sanchez. If you had to bet which of these three guys will have the most receptions, I would go with Cotchery.

The depth behind the Edwards, Cotchery, and Holmes is solid. Brad Smith is more of a do everything guy than a receiver, but as a #4/5 option is about as solid as you will get in the NFL. David Clowney flashed at times last season and is capable of being the number three receiver while Holmes serves his suspension. Aundrae Allison is a burner who could push for a roster spot because of his kick return and deep threat ability. Also keep an eye on Britt Davis who has good size and impressed the coaches last training camp, along with Larry Taylor who looked like a good slot receiver in the making at mini-camp.

Overall, the production of players like Edwards, Cotchery, and Holmes will depend on Sanchez’s progression in year two. However, if he takes the expected steps forward, all three will have plenty of opportunities to make plays. I don’t know if there will be a 1,000 yard receiver out of this group because of the division of looks between them, Dustin Keller, and the running backs but Edwards and Cotchery should get close. Holmes should still put up a big chunk of receiving yards because of his big play capability and will hopefully find the end-zone 4-6 times.

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  • bruceharper

    Joe-
    I take issue with some of your evaluation of Sanchez in the last blog. My argument is that it is too statistics-driven. For example, you call Sanchez in game 17 a ‘successful game manager.’ And he only completed 8/16 passes for 63 yards. Lost is that he was the starting quarterback as the Jets won the game 37-0 in arctic conditions. Sometimes less is more. Namath had a fantastic super bowl, but he barely threw the ball in the second half. Jets won that one.

    My favorite statistics-driven misconception is that Patrick Ewing was better than Willis Reed. Sounds right-more total points, rebounds, etc. But Reed regularly outplayed the likes of Chamberlain and Jabbar, whereas Ewing could not play with Olajuwon. Reed’s statistics? How does being NBA Playoff MVP twice sound? Ewing was not nearly as good.

    Any way you look at it, if you are the starting quarterback and your team wins by 5 touchdowns, you probably had a damn good game.

  • scubasnacks

    Joe,
    First time comment for me, but I’ve read your blog since i discovered it three months ago. One name you forgot to mention as a 4/5 WR, Woodhead. His size is small and is prone to injury with the monsters that play in the NFL, just ask Leon Washington about that, but like i was saying i love Woodhead in the slot. He’s no Cotchery, but he creates missmatches against LBs lining up in the slot making teams vulnerable to screens being ran out of the slot position. with shotty’s versitile offensive scheme, im feeling really good about the Jets offense. For once we have a lot of good options out there. Our RB position should be an area of concern because LT is getting older and with the way Greene runs he can have another year with injuries, but to be honest you or I can have a successful year running the ball behind that OL. Faneca is gone, granted he made the pro bowl (based on popularity), but he was our weak link last year giving up the most sacks on the team. I think Ducasse in the long run is an upgrade. If the guy can play tackle in college and be productive, he shouldnt have a problem to play the weaker position along the line, Guard. our only concern on offense is sanchez. I love knowing we have a franchise QB, i have no doubt in my mind he will be a star, but lets hope that star shines in his second year instead of having a 2nd year like Matt Ryan.

    Quick question: I don’t think anyone has thought about this or brought up before, and the only reason why i’m bringing it up is because we’ve all seen it happen before in the NFL, but do you think drafting Kyle Wilson was insurance for the team not being able to resign Revis for his desired salary? I know, what team wouldnt want a super star like Revis, and yes it would be stupid for a team to try to replace that talent, but it has happened before in the NFL. I remember a quote from Rex last year during the season, Rex admitted Revis was going to be expensive to resign. Its just a thought, but i can see the Jets not being able to resign revis per his request. Also, please note, this isnt the first time Revis held out. He held out of the first week of camp during his rookie year because of contract negotiations. If anyone knows these players the best, its the organization. They could have seen Revis being a problem and drafted Wilson to avoid making Revis the highest paid player at his position.

  • Joe Caporoso

    POST FROM: SCUBASNACKS

    Joe,
    First time comment for me, but I’ve read your blog since i discovered it three months ago. One name you forgot to mention as a 4/5 WR, Woodhead. His size is small and is prone to injury with the monsters that play in the NFL, just ask Leon Washington about that, but like i was saying i love Woodhead in the slot. He’s no Cotchery, but he creates missmatches against LBs lining up in the slot making teams vulnerable to screens being ran out of the slot position. with shotty’s versitile offensive scheme, im feeling really good about the Jets offense. For once we have a lot of good options out there. Our RB position should be an area of concern because LT is getting older and with the way Greene runs he can have another year with injuries, but to be honest you or I can have a successful year running the ball behind that OL. Faneca is gone, granted he made the pro bowl (based on popularity), but he was our weak link last year giving up the most sacks on the team. I think Ducasse in the long run is an upgrade. If the guy can play tackle in college and be productive, he shouldnt have a problem to play the weaker position along the line, Guard. our only concern on offense is sanchez. I love knowing we have a franchise QB, i have no doubt in my mind he will be a star, but lets hope that star shines in his second year instead of having a 2nd year like Matt Ryan.
    Quick question: I don’t think anyone has thought about this or brought up before, and the only reason why i’m bringing it up is because we’ve all seen it happen before in the NFL, but do you think drafting Kyle Wilson was insurance for the team not being able to resign Revis for his desired salary? I know, what team wouldnt want a super star like Revis, and yes it would be stupid for a team to try to replace that talent, but it has happened before in the NFL. I remember a quote from Rex last year during the season, Rex admitted Revis was going to be expensive to resign. Its just a thought, but i can see the Jets not being able to resign revis per his request. Also, please note, this isnt the first time Revis held out. He held out of the first week of camp during his rookie year because of contract negotiations. If anyone knows these players the best, its the organization. They could have seen Revis being a problem and drafted Wilson to avoid making Revis the highest paid player at his position.

  • Joe Caporoso

    BruceHarper — Your points about Sanchez/stats are fair, however I still believe he will need to play better than he did down the stretch in the regular season last year, for the Jets to be a Super Bowl contender this season

    Scubasnacks — I am not that high on Woodhead as a prospect at receiver, Cotchery is going to be one of the best slot receivers in the NFL this season. I do agree with your thoughts on the RBs and OL, though. I think Wilson was drafted more as insurance for Cromartie. If he busts this year, the Jets will let him walk next season and slide Wilson into the starting lineup