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A few Sunday night thoughts on the Jets receivers before we head into our final week of coverage before training camp starts –
Braylon Edwards – I love everything I have heard about the type of off-season Braylon Edwards is having, including his decision to grow a beard until he scores his first touchdown this season (check out #Beard on Twitter for conversation on this topic). Out of the Jets wide receivers, I think he will lead in touchdown receptions. Dustin Keller might have the overall lead on the team but out of the WRs, I am thinking Braylon takes the top spot. He will benefit from being moved around the formation and the attention Santonio Holmes receives after he returns from suspension. Edwards is the most physically gifted offensive player on the team, with his combination of size and speed. If he can play to his potential (think 2007 in Cleveland), the Jets offense has an entirely different ceiling.
Jerricho Cotchery – Mr. reliable. Cotchery is line for a very productive season, which I think will see him leading the team in receptions and being Sanchez’s go to guy in big spots, especially on third downs. He has the skill set to be a serious weapon for the Jets offense as the slot receiver. He won’t have high touchdown totals or be frequently targeted on deep balls but in many ways, Cotchery remains the Jets number one receiver.
Santonio Holmes – I am really interested to see how he gets acclimated to the Jets offense after he returns in week 5. Similar to Edwards, Holmes should get favorable match-ups by moving around the formation. He is probably the best overall wide receiver of the group but I don’t know how much that late start is going to hold him back. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him regularly leading the Jets in catches and yards by the final weeks of the regular season.
Brad Smith – Don’t forget about the “Tiger” formation. Smith won’t catch many passes this season but he should remain a valuable weapon, running the option, quarterback sweeps, and hopefully throwing a few more passes. His overall versatility on offense forces other teams to game plan for what he can bring to the table.
David Clowney – Despite dominating the past two pre-seasons and making a few big plays last regular season, many people have written Clowney off. Yet, I think he will turn into a quality special teams player by stepping into some of the roles Wallace Wright had. Also, he can contribute as the team’s third receiver during the first four games of the regular season. He is a legitimate deep threat, so hopefully he can create a couple of more big plays in 2010.
Aundrae Allison – I wouldn’t be shocked if he made a strong run at a roster spot because of his kick return ability and speed. The Jets will probably end up carrying six receivers from weeks 1 – 4 because of the Holmes suspension, so Clowney and Allison could both stick on the roster.
Britt Davis – A guy who turned some heads in training camp last year but fell off once pre-season started. He has good size and could have long term potential as a red-zone target. Davis is another guy who might be able to stick if the Jets carry six receivers and he can beat out Clowney or Allison
Danny Woodhead – Many fans are high on him but I didn’t see much on special teams from Woodhead last year to warrant a roster spot. He does have the ability to play both running back and receiver, which is a huge plus for him. Yet, he isn’t going to play enough at either of those positions to keep him on the team if he isn’t doing anything on specials.
Marcus Henry – Somehow I doubt it clicks for him this year.
Larry Taylor – I actually really liked what I saw from this guy during mini-camp. He will turn some heads this summer but will ultimately fall victim to the numbers game.