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Chaz Schilens Looking to Make his Mark with the New York Jets

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

When he hit the free agent market, Chaz Schilens had his eye on playing for the New York Jets.

He wanted to play for his former position coach, Sanjay Lal. He also knew he would have the chance to make his mark right away.

“We’ll see how everything shakes out, but I’m planning on doing good things,” Schilens said Thursday night at MetLife Stadium after signing autographs for fans as a part of the Jets’ 2012 Draft Party. “I have an opportunity to play and I’m just going to take advantage of it.”

He saw opportunities as a starter in Oakland, before injuries forced him to miss 19 games in 2009 and 2010. In four seasons with the Raiders, he had 72 catches and seven touchdowns in 44 games. He played in 15 games last season and had 23 catches and two scores.

He believes that if he stays healthy, he will be able to contribute.

Schilens could factor heavily into the Jets’ offensive plans in 2012 thanks to a thin receiving corps after Holmes. Plaxico Burress is not expected to return, and Jeremy Kerley is primarily a slot receiver. Logan Payne, Patrick Turner, and Dexter Jackson are other receivers that could be in the mix. Coach Lal also told him how great the Jets organization is, and that piqued Schilens’ interest.

As I have said before, he should get every opportunity to compete for the number 2 wide receiver position. Watch film on this guy, he can play if he can stay healthy.