Is the Answer At Wide Receiver On The New York Jets Roster?

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Aug 4, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) defends wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) during drills at training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver has been a problem for the New York Jets for quite some time now. John Idzik made some moves to try to shore up the position, but the injury bug hit the new draft class. Currently, the Jets have Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley as their guaranteed veteran starters. Assuming Kerley will man the slot this season, that has left the #2 slot opposite Decker up for grabs. The Jets had hoped that one of the three wide receivers they drafted this season would be able to step up and man the position, but it hasn’t worked out as planned. Now the Jets need to find an answer, as they are headed into their third preseason game and the opening kickoff looms just off the horizon. Do the Jets have that potential #2 on the roster? They may, but is it good enough to spark the offense? I personally don’t think so, but they do have some interesting options.

David Nelson has made his case for the job this summer in Cortland and now at Florham Park. Nelson is listed as 6’5″ and 215 lbs. At 27, he’s spent three season’s with the Buffalo Bills, and a short stint with the Cleveland Browns before being picked up by the Jets last October. His career totals aren’t spectacular, but with 44 games, 130 receptions, and 1,465 yds, he does bring some experience. Nelson has the size to handle the outside, but with a 4.54/40, he lacks the elite speed you’d like to see. Nelson apparently has worked out some good chemistry with Geno Smith, you could see it last year, and apparently it hass continued this spring. Nelson could make an adequate outside option this season; he’s consistent, and with his size could become a valuable tool in the red zone. He’s not a top NFL receiver, but he may be the Jets best option.

Greg Salas has had a hot hand through camp as well. The emergence of Salas as a sure handed weapon has to be pleasing to the Jets’ coaching staff. The Jets list Salas as 6’2″ and 21o lbs, and he ran a 4.53 at the 2011 combine before being drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Rams. He spent time on the Patriots and Eagles practice squad before being signed by the Jets in 2013. He led the Jets in receptions in the second preseason game against the Bengals, and has eight receptions for 143 yds in preseason games thus far. While Salas’ development has been a pleasant surprise this season, he’s still reportedly fighting for a roster spot however. It should be noted that Salas is more of a slot type receiver, but a move to the outside might be productive.

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