Jeremy Kerley will be the Jets most effective weapon vs the Seahawks.

New York Jets: Boom or Bust potential for WR corps


 

The New York Jets, despite adding a plethora of competition at the position, have a slew of questions as to how the wide receiver positional battle will play out. Eric Decker is almost certainly the number one guy as of right now but behind him the picture get’s very blurred.

Jeremy Kerley in a contract year

Kerley is in the final year of his contract, a contract negotiated by Tannenbaum as evidenced by its back heavy nature. Kerley has proven to be a reliable target and shows potential to be standout #2 receiver with good quarterback play. However, will the Jets look elsewhere to throw the ball if less output will help them land a steal on Kerley in free agency. Or perhaps will the Jets decide to extend him before the season starts and cement him as a weapon for Marty’s offense moving forward.

Stephen Hill showing signs of life

It has been documented that Stephen Hill has impressed in the off-season training programs and perhaps is ready to take the next step as a wide receiver. If Hill really is cleaning his game up his size and raw athleticism could put him into a position of becoming a good if not elite wide receiver. Health and consistency have been Hill’s issues thus far, health is of course a random variable that is hard to control, but consistency on the playing field can be improved and this is what might be happening right now. Will Stephen Hill take that next step?

Geno and David Nelson‘s chemistry

Last season we saw a rookie quarterback struggle with a receiving corps that was seemingly slapped together at the last-minute. Besides Kerley the only one who caught a ball going his way consistently is David Nelson, and Geno has gotten comfortable with this. It has been noted how Geno and Nelson have continued to grow on the chemistry they built last season and while Nelson isn’t the fastest or strongest, he can get open in the end-zone and use his size grab contested balls.

The young guns

The Jets went out and drafted four receivers in this years draft, and yes I am counting Jace Amaro as a receiver. Amaro is certain to make the team but the other three guys will have to compete for a roster spot as the Jets simply will not have room to keep that big of a stable of wide receivers. This will result in healthy competition, one that could yield a diamond in the rough that you always target in the later rounds of the draft.Who will come out on top in this competition Shaq Evans, Quincy Enunwa or Jalen Saunders?

Sanjay Lal’s ongoing reclamation project

Jacoby Ford and Sanjay Lal are reunited now with in New Jersey. I refuse to believe that Lal did not have any input in this acquisition, and he must see something there. Ford never broke out in Oakland, and is a typecast draft pick from that time period in Raider history. Simply put he is a track star, a burner who needed to grow in his knowledge of the game, while immediately adding explosiveness on special teams. Does Sanjay Lal believe that Ford is close to breaking out, and might we see him do it this season?

Boom or Bust?

At the end of the day with all these question marks flying around this one skill position unit it is uncertain whether or not everything pans out well. However, one thing is certain, Idzik has gone out and brought in a large amount of competition, a mantra he believes in, into a position that was in desperate need of overhaul last season.

 

 

 

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  • Paul Newbold

    Sanjay Lal? I’m hardly impressed with his tenure as the Jet receiving coach. He’s really failed to develop anything the Jets have given him. Hill’s development though effected somewhat by injuries, has been at a snail’s pace. Nothing from the draft or undrafted free agency either. Not that the Jets have given him a bunch of talent, but last season with a lack of talent all around, he couldn’t develop something?

    • RONBO19

      Gotta agree with Paul on this one. Not only has Lal not produced as a Jet coach but he was equally ineffective in that same position with the Raiders where he failed to develop high first round picks like Darrious Heywood-Bey, as well as other highly touted prospects like Ford. I think all Jet fans are loosing patience with Stephen Hill so hopefully the light has indeed gone on and he does become the receiver Jet fans thought they were getting when he was drafted high in the 2nd round in 2012.

      • AC

        Stephen Hill knows this is his last chance. If he fails this year, nobody will pick him up assuming the Jets release him. He isn’t a returner so he is no good for special teams. Hopefully he put the work in with all the time he has had over the past year and won’t choke during games. Some drops are just game killers as we have seen with him before. He played well against Buffalo but we need him to be good. If Decker, Nelson, Kerley and Amaro all get open, maybe even Ford, Geno should have no excuses then. Unless he has no time to throw which is a major concern of mine due to the lack of depth on the offensive line I spoke of in another post.

        • RONBO19

          AC, you and I have talked about Hill before and frankly, its entirely possible he will never be the player we thought he might become. My concern with him is he lacks the flexibility which doesn’t allow him to make sharp cuts that are needed to get separation from defenders. On top of that he’s not the most tenacious guy in the world and as a result he fails to come down with a lot of the jump ball’s the top guys like Megatron, Julio Jones and Green from the Bengals make plays on.

          • AC

            Yeah I mean, to even mention him in the same sentence with those guys right now is ridiculous. I think you are right about his ability to make cuts and if his hands aren’t there, how is he gonna use his height to haul in long balls? Or any balls?

          • RONBO19

            I’m anxious to see if he has put in the time and work to improve on those deficiencies. If he has we may finally have something. If not he will soon be on the waiver wire as there’s other guys who will want it more!

          • AC

            All you have to do is watch documentaries on Chris Carter and Jerry Rice to know that it takes a lot more than just speed and talent to make a great WR. Same goes for every position. Hopefully Hill put in the work. The thing I am afraid of is that even if he did, for some reason, he may get game day jitters. It would explain his tendency to start running for a TD before catching the ball etc. Hopefully that kind of thing is out of his system.

          • Paul Newbold

            I’m thinking that if he can stay healthy this is going to be his year! I know everyone wants to label this kid a bust, but I still believe its too early to label him. Most of the criticism comes from the fact that he was chosen by the Jets in the second round! The Jets way over stretched to take him there! Everyone who scouted Hill pre draft noted his lack of experience in running routes and catching footballs! The kid was a blocking wide receiver coming from a “triple option” offense in Georgia Tech for goodness sake! It’s just my opinion, but I believe if Hill had been given proper coaching from the get go, we’d still be waiting for him to develop. Hill had to learn to be a wide receiver as he was adjusting to the pro game, he had to learn everything from scratch since he had zero experience entering the league! Add to that, Lal has failed to fix his problems, the Jets have failed to surround him with anything resembling talent at WR and he surely hasn’t had the greatest QB’s throwing him the football either!! You and Ronbo might be correct when you say this kid might not develop into anything. He may well be a “bust”, but by all reports he’s worked hard at everything the Jets have asked him to do, he’s maintained a positive attitude and though not given much credit, he has improved. If he winds up getting cut, I’d blame the Jet organization, not Stephen Hill!!

          • AC

            I think he had like 47 receptions total at Georgia Tech. Doesn’t sound like he was pro-ready from the get go.