New York Jets Mid-Year Report: Offensive Edition

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Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have had to think outside the box to form a competitive wide receiver core because although Santonio Holmes did return by Week 1 but he has been out the last 4 weeks with a hamstring injury. They also lost Clyde Gates to a season-ending injury and Kellen Winslow to a four game suspension. John Idzik did a strong job getting David Nelson to fill a wide receiver void, Josh Cribbs to solve the returner problem and help as a wide receiver and he claimed Zach Sudfeld from the Patriots as a raw, receiving tight end. Jeremy Kerley leads the team with 27 receptions for 346 yards and Stephen Hill has surpassed last year’s yardage total by having 23 receptions for 340 yards. Without Holmes and Winslow teams have been focusing on Hill more and his production has fallen as a result and the Bengals took Kerley away as well leaving Geno Smith with David Nelson as his only real threat. The return of Santonio Holmes whether against the Saints or after the bye should allow the offense to regain the flow they had when all of the weapons were out there.

In the second half of the season the team needs to get through injuries and put a consistent product on the field. Consistent in the same players so quarterback Geno Smith can develop rapport with these backs and receivers as well as playing consistently as the team failed to have a two game winning or losing streak. They are right on pace for the 8-8 I predicted before the season but ahead of how I thought they would get there. I thought they would struggle through the rough section of their schedule then rally in the second half of the season to get back to .500. They need to move from almost 18 points per game to around 20 points per game on average offensively. The turnovers (16) need to be cut in half. Now they need to take advantage of Buffalo, Cleveland at home, Oakland at home and a couple with Miami to make a playoff push even if they are a year early in the rebuild. The most important objective is still to evaluate and develop Geno Smith and the young group of players here but if you have a chance to win you might as well try to do that too.

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