2013 New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Part II-Backs and Receivers

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Sep 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets player Santonio Holmes (10) is helped off the field after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

WIDE RECEIVERS

The competitors: Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill, Ben Obumanu, Clyde Gates, Joseph Collins, Marcus Davis, Vidal Hazelton, Thomas Mayo, Zach Rogers, Titus Ryan, Ryan Spadola, KJ Stroud, Jordan White

We know who the locks are, Santonio Holmes (pending health), Jeremy Kerley, and Stephen Hill. If Holmes’ foot is finally cleared for takeoff, he should lead the way. We know that Stephen Hill has his ills that need to be cured. If he can’t cure his problem with the dropsies, he may see less time, but he is sure to start the season.

So, who takes the remaining spots? Well, Clyde Gates was around last year, but I think we can all agree that he didn’t do enough to be considered a lock to make this team. Ben Obumanu is a veteran guy that has the chance to over-take Gates. Another one is Jordan White. Prior to being drafted by the team in 2012, White led the nation in receptions. He put up a good fight to make the roster in 2012, and one year under his belt should help a lot.

Zach Rogers is a guy that has stolen a lot of praise so far this summer, undrafted rookie from Tennessee. However, any of these UDFAs will have a great chance to make the roster. It’s wide open when you score as poorly as the Jets did in 2012. So, my initial prediction for the WR depth chart is: Holmes, Kerley, Hill Obumanu, White, and a UDFA to be named later.

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  • Bennny K

    ” Well, Jeremy Kerley was around last year, but I think we can all agree that he didn’t do enough to be considered a lock to make this team”

    Was this a mistake? I think Kerley is a lock. He’s actually a true weapon. Maybe this year hell be on the radar and other teams will need to account for him.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks @disqus_Ug3L4uKZFY:disqus that was a mistake…that should have been Clyde Gates….going to fix it now

      • Bennny K

        In that case I agree. I would rather give Shanahan, Rogers and or White a shot over Gates.

        • TheJetPress

          Thanks again for catching that. I agree with giving all those guys a shot

  • Jeremy Gant

    I think we need to trade for a wr asap by all means we need a true number 1 because geno is the truth but with no weapons it’s gonna be hard for anyone let alone a rookie tone is a great number2 we need a go to guy

    • TheJetPress

      any thoughts on who might be out there? and how we could pull off a trade?

      • Bennny K

        I keep saying Lloyd but if you think about he has to pretty bad. The Pats cut him but gave AH a $40 million extension. How bad can this guy be if he was cut for making $3 mill and no other team has signed him?

        • TheJetPress

          I would love for them to make a run at Lloyd, but there has to be a reason they aren’t. Maybe he’s a locker room headache?

        • matr dontelli iii

          now you’re talkin’ bennny. the problem with the guys that are out there is they’re basically over the hill and have maybe a year or two left, and not promising years at that. anybody we bring in is gonna take a roster spot from a first or second year guy with upside and promise. sure i want a true number one receiver, but if hill doesn’t become one then i think we should wait and draft one next year who could possibly take holmes’ spot. in the meantime we should be hoping spadola, white or rogers can fulfill the promise that has them here. for this year i’d rather leave it to our defense and see what marty can do with the running game and the second rate bunch we’ve got and maybe turn a udfa into a real receiver. i’d hate to see someone go from our camp to being a productive player elsewhere, especially while we struggle to find weapons, or worse, hobble around with over the hill players nobody else wants. yuk. and if we cut hayden smith i’ll be very upset. you don’t wanna see me rant after that!

      • Jeremy Gant

        kenny britt would come to mind or jeremy maclin also would be worth a shot and what are the chances of us trading for steadman baily rookie rights maclin would cost maybe 2nd rd pick britt and baily would a 3rd and may a late pick, philly may also like k.wilson so he could be trade bait

        • TheJetPress

          I’m not sure they would be interested in Britt, with his off the field stuff. Steadmman Baily might be intereresting, and I have always liked Maclin.

          • matr dontelli iii

            not that we should concern ourselves with, and i know idzik couldn’t care less about, the media, but they would have a field day if we grabbed britt. too much baggage and he’s not learning his lesson. he’s just bad news. cut from the same mold as hernandez, an enabled punk who just doesn’t get it. not that anyone cares but i really, really dont want hm here.

          • TheJetPress

            I like Britt’s talent, but I agree, far too much baggage

  • Paul Newbold

    The RB group has held my attention all offseason. The Jets have an abundance of “not fully proven” backs on the roster. Both Goodson and Ivory have been reported to be fast explosive backs, but their experience is limited for the most part. Powell I thought would develop into the future if given the chance, but the Jets must have seen something they find lacking. McKnight is a mystery..he’s never really been a RB on this team, kick returner and special teams. I like McKnight’s attributes, I think he’d be awesome running screens in the west coast, but I do believe he’s going to be another “woodhead”, lost in the numbers game.

    • TheJetPress

      it’s interesting how he has fallen through the cracks isn’t it? McKnight is so talented, but has never found his niche here.

      • Paul Newbold

        Not sure if he’s ever been given a real chance to show case his abilities, but we’ve seen plenty of flashes! Given the chance I’m sure he’ll make a good change of pace back somewhere else. It would be a shame to let him walk and then have Goodson arrested again or suspended by the league. Seems to me a big gamble on Goodson, if you loose a talented player.

        • TheJetPress

          I agree. If Joe walks, and Goodson gets into more trouble it could be a big problem.

  • Paul Newbold

    FB, I think the Jets keep both, with Hilliard backing up Bohanan. As you pointed out the west coast needs an effective blocking FB.

    • TheJetPress

      not impossble, keeping them both.

  • Paul Newbold

    WR is anyone’s guess!! The amount of different opinions on this group, only goes to show how bad a situation this group is in! Just my opinion but the only NFL quality receiver we have currently is Holmes (and that is if he has anything left after surgery). Kerley has been adequate but not quality, Hill has potential, but shown little. The rest is a group of, has beens, rejects, rookies and UDFA’s!! This group will need to step up huge if the Jets offense is going to improve over last year!! I’m hoping they can find two legitimate wide outs to man the outside for 2014 in the draft next year!! With the questions at the position and at TE, I hardly believe our offense will rank much better than last year regardless who plays QB!

    • TheJetPress

      That’s an unfortunate possibility, but a legitimate one.