Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker(87) makes a catch during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on the New York Jets' Wide Receiver Position

Training camp is rapidly approaching. First of all, thank goodness! If I had to be stuck watching the Mets and only the Mets for much longer I think I would go insane. We need some live football on the NFL Network, not only classic games anymore.

That being said, it’s time to start talking about some position battles upcoming at New York Jets camp. As we all know, there will be competition all over the field. One interesting position will be at wide receiver.

It becomes an interesting battle because there is no battle for the “number one” wide receiver position, which clearly belongs to Eric Decker. The question is, who is going to be number two?

Jeremy Kerley is terrific, but I don’t believe he is seen as a full-time starter on the outside. He has a stranglehold on the slot position. So, who is it going to be? Let’s talk candidates:

STEPHEN HILL:Here is a guy that we all love to hate. Why? Because he can’t hang on to the football. His one job is to catch the football when it is thrown at him, and he has some difficulty doing that. However, he will get his shot to again be the number two guy. Position coach Sanjay Lal is not ready to call him a bust, and reports are that he is looking better so far this summer.

If it continues, Stephen will go ahead and be the number two. if not, I believe the next guy is going to fill the role.

DAVID NELSON: Standing at 6’5″ tall, David fits the bill of a guy that could take the number two role. Add that to his established chemistry with Geno Smith, and his chances are that much higher. Last season, David Nelson put up his second best season as a pro with 36 receptions for 423 yards and two touchdowns. He would be the favorite to win the job if Hill does not.

THE OTHERS, VETERANS: Nobody else has set the world on fire in this group, so we are going to take them in groups, the veterans, and the rookies. First the veterans.

The candidates are Michael Campbell, Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates, Saalim Hakim, and Greg Salas. Michael Campbell hase been seen with the Jets, but has never been able to make the active roster, at least not yet. Gates and Salas played here last year, the others did not.

None of them jump out as a candidate for the number two job. It would take a lot for one of these guys to jump the depth chart.

THE OTHERS, ROOKIES: The rookie group consists of Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, and Quincy Enunwa. If anyone has a shot at moving up the depth chart, it is this group of rookies. In the John Idzik era, anyone has a shot. I see, however, the rookies landing at around third or fourth on the depth chart. It will take a big summer for one of these guys to leap-frog THAT far up the depth chart.

What do you guys think?

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  • truthbetold

    The jets recievers are much better than last year, but still not great because they have no number 1 reciever. Eric Decker is a good number 2.

    • Alan Schechter

      See I don’t agree…..Decker has averaged 86 catches of the last two years. Yes, that was with Peyton Manning, but he did catch 44 passes from Tim Tebow.

    • Paul Newbold

      #1 or #2, it’s makes little difference. What the Jets lacked last year, and in my opinion, still do, is a legitimate burner on the outside. Smith needs a deep weapon to help open the intermediate stuff. They really could use Jacoby Ford to miraculously get healthy and produce! Stephen Hill as well! Without one or both of these guys stepping up, defenses once again will not respect the Jets deep ball and jump routes in the intermediate and short stuff. We watched it time and again last season, defenses brought their safeties up and challenged Smith to throw it. Without a deep burner to draw safety coverage, no matter who they play, the results are likely to be the same.

      • truthbetold

        It’s going to make a big difference when you go up against a good corner. An elite corner vs. A number 2 reciever playing the number 1. Eric Decker vs. Darrell Revis or Joe Haden……I don’t need to elaborate further. But I do agree that speed would be nice. A desean Jackson type deep threat would change things.

        • Paul Newbold

          I agree with you. I just don’t like the terminology I guess. The problem is still the quality of receivers the Jets have on the roster. They do a huge numbers of receivers competing for the job, but the quality again this season is lacking. They chose to wait to the fourth round even to grab a receiver. A bunch of raw talent in the depth department, but the starters are marginal in comparison with other franchises. Assuming they go with Decker on the outside, Kerley in the slot, and either Ford,Hill or Nelson on the other side, the Jets receiving corp looks mediocre at best. Decker is the diamond, Ford is injury pronged and hasn’t lived up to expectations, Hill has had his share of injuries, and hasn’t developed well and Nelson is a seasoned veteran, but truly wouldn’t be a starter anywhere else. If one or more of these guys go down, trouble is a head. The depth will most likely be these raw rookies, with time some may develop into legitimate starters, but if they are forced into immediate action, its highly likely they wouldn’t produce much.

  • Paul Newbold

    Wide receiver remains questionable for the Jets, even though it was probably their greatest need heading into the off season. Decker was a good addition locking own the number one position. Kerley has been solid in the slot, and that should continue, though I think you might see a lot more of Amaro playing from the slot as well. After that unfortunately the roster is filled with a lot of “IF’s”. IF this Veteran can step up, If this guy can get healthy, if the rookie develops, even with Hill..if this guy can catch the ball! Over all, going into camp they have a bunch of competitors, but very little proven talent. The competition will be tough, but I don’t see this group excelling this season. Adequate I suppose, but hardly chalk full of talent, still no one on this roster that defenses will need to fear. I think they could have done a much better job improving this group, but as always, the fan base will hope for the best! Bring on Camp!!

    • lucas westwood

      This unit is vastly improved, forget who is number one or number two, we have weapons: Decker, clutch and tough and scores TD’s, Kerley great in space, Amaro after early bumps will become a Great go to guy, Nelson gets open and catches the ball…Decker, Kerley, Amaro, Nelson…I’ll take it. I like Hill he seemed to play last year with more aggressiveness…and Saunders can sneak in for a series in the fourth quarter and pick up 25 yards for us.

      • Paul Newbold

        I never mentioned #1 or #2 receivers, frankly I hate the terminology. For the most part its the guy with the biggest contract. I did say Decker was a good addition, I also credited Kerley in the slot. I like the Amaro kid, as I said I think you’ll see a bunch of him from the slot as well. Nelson played well last season, but he is hardly a starter anywhere else. Saunders is raw, an will need time before he contributes much to this group, as with all the rookie Wr’s, camp will be telling. Hill remains an enigma, and while early reports from OTA’s had him vastly improved, it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard that preseason. The question remains where’s the depth? Hill get’s injured regularly, Jacoby Ford is injury pronged. Clyde Gates?? We won’t even go there. Experienced depth is lacking. They waited to the fourth round to start improving this group, and that may turn out to be a mistake. You say its a “vastly improved” group, but they still lack a legitimate deep threat to keep defenses honest. Improved maybe…vastly improved…we’ll have to wait and see.

      • Alan Schechter

        I agree with you Lucas, I do think vastly improved.

    • Alan Schechter

      Paul, we have to be optimistic as we head into camp. I think the group may just prove you wrong….hopefully