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Welcome to the Jets, Chaz Schilens

By Alan Schechter

Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens (81) warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

As we look ahead to the draft, and the 2012 season, we look at a new piece to the puzzle. This is a puzzle piece at a position that the Jets are a bit thin at, and this guy can be critical. As the only other veteran wide receiver on the team, he will be given every opportunity to be the number 2 wide receiver. Welcome, Chaz Schilens.

Schilens, originally from AZ, came into his own in his final season(2006) at San Diego State. Starting all 12 games, he caught 34 passes for 483 yards and 2 TDs.

He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 7th round of th 2008 draft (226th overall). At 6’4″ 225 pounds, he brings great size to the table, and running a 4.33 40 yard dash doesn’t hurt either.

His best season was 2009 when he started 8 games, catching 29 passes for 365 yards before injuries plagued Schilens for the rest of 2009, and 2010 as well.

A healthier 2011 allowed Schilens to put up 23 receptions for 271 yards and 2 TDs.

Here’s a brief highlight video, you be the judge:

His resume to date is not deep, but from what has been seen so far, Chaz Schilens can play. He has good hands, great size. He can get separation, and yards after the catch. He will get every opportunity to be the number 2 wide receiver, and if he can stay healthy, I believe will be a huge key to the Jets success in 2012.