May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Who’s Catching the Football For the New York Jets?

Earlier this week it was reported that OTA’s were off to a slow start on offense. Sanchez threw 3 INT’s and Geno Smith threw another. Then I remembered that Santonio Holmes is still out rehabbing his foot injury, and they also reported that Steven Hill was out with a sore knee. This made me wonder, who’s left to catch the football?

Braylon Edwards, inexplicably has not been re-signed. Chaz Schillens is out. This leaves the top two quarterbacks duking it out while throwing passes to….Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates? For a team that continuously harps on competition (especially at the QB position) there doesn’t seem to be any at the receiver position and no one seems to notice, care, or mention it.

There is no known timetable for Holmes return, and with Steven Hill still recovering from his knee injury, this would seem a prime time to bring a veteran wide receiver back into the fold. Braylon Edwards is the obvious fan favorite, but barring that even Brandon Lloyd or stopgap veteran. Because frankly, when you’re down to Kerley and Co. on the outside it doesn’t matter who is throwing the ball, that’s just a terrible combination.

Reading the news, it has also been brought to light that the team would like to end this quarterbacking competition before training camp, so as to give more reps to the starter. How in the world can these guys compete with these groups of receivers? A roster is symbiotic. The way a linebacker depends on a d-line to protect him to make tackles, or a running back needs a line to block for him, a quarterback needs a quality receiver to throw to. For however much praise Idzik receives (mainly for not being Tannenbaum), it appears he has no interest in trying to help his quarterbacks with a starting caliber receiver. And because of this no matter who wins this competition, no one will win without another starting caliber receiver to throw to. Every time you read the quarterbacks had a bad practice in OTA’s or training camp, think about that.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    agreed, we need to upgrade the receiving corps. keep in mind kerley is nothing to sneeze at. i imagine they’re taking a long look at the udfas to see what we’ve got. they know what braylon has to offer and can get him whenever they want. signing him now would only take reps from the younger guys they’re trying to evaluate. idzik concentrated on the o-line with his later picks. he should have as many as four or five starters from his first (rookie) draft, possibly more. mr. t. left him with too many holes to fill and not enough dirt to fill them with. i do understand, though, that the qb performances in the otas are gonna be reflective of the talent, or lack thereof, around them.

    • Vincent Hall

      I agree with you about Kerley, he’s a good player. But just him? That’s no way to judge who your starting QB’s going to be. Need some more weapons than just Kerley before training camp.

      • matr dontelli iii

        it sounds like rogers is a keeper. i’m just hoping they have some more guys with ability as udfas. i don’t wanna see gates out there again this year. i wish we knew more about holmes’ recovery. most of us wanna see edwards back, but after that how much room do we have? holmes, hill, kerley, rogers, edwards. how many more can we carry?

  • Joe Willie

    most of the time the QB makes or breaks the WR corp—ask the Denver Broncos group

    Decker 44 612 13.9 56 8tds
    Thomas 32 551 17.2 47 4 tds
    Decker 85 1,064 12.5 55 13 tds
    Thomas 94 1,434 15.3 71 10tds

    • Vincent Hall

      Maybe, but Peyton Manning is an exception, not the rule. Besides the Broncos were running 65% run plays with Tebow as QB the year before. I hear what you’re saying but they need to make some improvements quickly. This is as bad as 2009 when Chansi Stuckey was the primary target before Braylon Edwards was traded for.