Aug 4, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) attempts to make a catch during drills at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Will the 2014 New York Jets Wide Receivers Exceed Expectations?

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The New York Jets’ wide receivers have the ability to improve the team or take them down. I’m going to look at three of our WR’s to show exactly what I’m trying to say here.

We’ll start with the newest WR addition, Eric Decker. Let’s face it, he’s been known to drop the ball, averaging over ten drops per season. But he can’t be blamed for all of those drops since many were the result of tight coverage or balls he had to dive for.

But, Decker is a great route runner, he has fast legs and can change direction quickly, and play physically against corners. Meaning?  He has the potential to create some great chemistry between himself and Geno Smith. If they can get on the same page and really work together, that would increase Smith’s confidence as a quarterback. Signing Decker was a great step in the right direction for WR’s really improving this year’s team.

Now for Jeremy Kerley. He was originally drafted as a slot receiver four years ago, but he was moved to the outside and has been playing as WR when the Jets suffered some injuries. This gave Kerley the chance to play as the number one WR and he’s proven himself in that position.

Because of his size and route running ability, I believe that Kerley was better suited to play on the inside as a slot receiver. Although, I’ll admit, that he’s now had a lot of experience playing on the outside, so he could do well staying on the outside and really work with Smith along with Decker. But overall, Kerley’s WR skills could go either way at improving the team or hindering the team.

And finally, Stephen Hill. He needs to learn to catch with his hands. Hill has the build to play on the outside; he’s tall and quick. But, he keeps catching into his chest and he drops the ball as often as he does because of it. In a recent practice, three of Geno’s six incomplete passes were due to Hill dropping the ball. Although, he did manage a spectacular catch in the second quarter of the pre-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals when he jumped in the air and caught the ball in his hands over his head, arms completely outstretched.

But, it’s very concerning that he’s not playing better. Everyone knew he was going to be a project when he was drafted, but it’s getting to be too much and that is obviously a hindrance. Plus, he’s injury-prone.

All three of these guys, and our other WR’s flip flop between playing well and playing poorly. When they’re on, they’re really good. But when they’re off, they’re really off. So our WR’s really can improve our team or they can really take us down. But I’m hopeful that this season they can, and will, all play well, at the same time. This will not only help with Geno’s confidence as QB, but it will help us win big.

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