Does the West Coast Offense Work for the Jets Wide Receivers?

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) runs after a catch against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s take a look at the reliability of these guys. In terms of drop rate, the guy with the lowest drop percentage was Clyde Gates, although he only had 33 targets. His percentage was 5.88% in those 33 targets. Jeremy Kerley was terrific in this regard, with a 6.67% drop rate in 88 targets. Remember how we all balked at the play of Chaz Schilens? Well, he actually recorded the same percentage as Kerley, which was lower than Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, with more targets than both of them. Schilens was targetted 41 times, and recorded the 6.67% drop rate. Santonio Holmes was targeted 39 times, Braylon Edwards 18, and they both recorded a 9.09% drop rate. Sanjay Lal has his biggest task with Stephen Hill, who dropped over 22% of his 46 targets. The wide receivers must be reliable in order to be an effective weapon in the West Coast system.

By the way, for all of us that had a problem with Chaz Schilens, the QB rating when he was thrown at was over 94. He also led the team in percentage of passes caught with over 68%. Jeremy Kerley caught 63%, no one else caught over 60%. Schilens truly was a lot more reliable than we all thought in his time on the field in 2012.

We talked earlier about the YAC necessary to run this system. When you look at the Jets, this is where most of the Jets weapons miss the mark a little bit. Santonio Holmes, as long as he is healthy, will be fine. He averaged 6.2 YAC per reception, which put him on a par with Julio Jones and others. Jeremy Kerley improved in this category as well, putting up 5.4 YAC per catch, putting him right in the middle of the pack. However, nobody else averaged over 4 YAC per catch, which is not going to get the job done. (Mardy Gilyard averaged 5.5, but his targets were quite limited and his is not expected back on the team). For reference, Percy Harvin averaged 8.7 and Cecil Shorts averaged 8.5.

Simply put, if these guys are going to make the team, they are going to have to improve in this category.

As being physical goes, they also need to be able to block downfield. If they don’t make the catch, they have to help the guy trying to earn YAC down the field. To nobody’s surprise, Braylon Edwards led the receivers with a blocking rating of 1.3. Jeremy Kerley was not good at the concept at all with a -0.3, equalling that of Santonio Holmes. Clyde Gates added a .8, and Mardy Gilyard a 1.0. However, nobody was great as far as league standards, with the highest rankings being in the 4s and 5s.

The point here is that the Jets have guys that have parts of what it takes to be good in the West Coast system. However, they don’t really have anyone that puts it all together. A guy that can get off the line, make the catch consistently, get yards after the catch, and block downfield.

Maybe Sanjay Lal can turn these guys into that type of player.

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