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“Out the Door” or “Back for More”, WR Edition

By Alan Schechter
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Sept 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches a pass while being defended by San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) during the first half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get back to playing GM everybody. So far, we have taken a look at the running back position and the quarterback position. We start this week looking at the WR position:

SANTONIO HOLMES: Santonio had a season that was cut down far too early, thanks to a Lisfranc injury to his foot. No, I don’t agree with coach Ryan that Tone was on a pace to 90 plus catches and over 1200 yards, but he was playing well. Some have said that the Jets should look into trading him, to move along the process of rebuilding. As I have said with Revis, it’s not a bad idea, because if the Jets could get a lot of draft picks, it would be worth it. Santonio makes a lot of money, so letting him go would be difficult. What team is going to want a receiver coming off of injury too? So, for these reasons, I believe that Santonio Holmes will be……….

BACK FOR MORE

BRAYLON EDWARDS: Here is a guy that, once the Jets bring in a general manager, should be a no-brainer. While it’s true that he had injury problems after leaving the Jets, Braylon seemed to hit the rewind button on his career the moment he put a Jets uniform back on. After recording 1 catch for over half a season in Seattle, he recorded 10 catches for 125 yards in just 3 games back in NY. He clearly still has ability, and he wants to be here. Braylon Edwards should be………………

BACK FOR MORE

CLYDE GATES: Here is a guy that came in and did a nice job as an injury replacement. He put up 16 catches for 224 yards, being active for 11 games in 2012. When healthy, he was a pretty sure-handed target for Mark Sanchez. However, he wasn’t great. He was also part of the group that had no ability to achieve separation against any defender. If you bring him back, you are stuck with a guy that has decent hands, but otherwise has a pretty low ceiling. Therefore, Clyde Gates should be……

OUT THE DOOR

We will talk about the rest of this crew on the next page.

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) runs after a catch against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

JEREMY KERLEY: If there has ever been a no-brainer on a team that finished 6-10, Kerley is just that. Kerley came into his own in his second season, putting up 56 catches for 827 yards and 2 TDs. Perfect? No. But definitely a guy that will grow and grow as a slot receiver. Kerley should be…………..

BACK FOR MORE

CHAZ SCHILENS: Schilens is a guy that performed well under what was expected of him. Schilens was very excited about coming to the Jets, mainly because his wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal was coming to the Jets with him. 28 catches for 289 yards and 2 TDs is not a great stat line for a veteran wide receiver. He was expected to do big things with that 6’4″ frame of his, but he did not. The Jets would actually gain a little bit of salary cap money if he is released. Chaz Schilens should be…….

OUT THE DOOR

JORDAN WHITE: There is no reason to make any hasty decisions on this guy. He was drafted last year after leading the nation in catches. He has ability, but didn’t get a chance to show it until the end of the season, only on the active roster for 3 games. He doesn’t make a lot of money, and has a ton of upside. Jordan White will be….

BACK FOR MORE

STEPHEN HILL: A lot was expected of Hill during his first season, which was not fair to him at all. He was looked at to be a starter, and fill a starring role immediately. He showed some glimpses week 1, posting 2 TDs against the Bills. However, he only posted 1 the rest of the season, and finished with 21 catches for 252 yards. He had difficulty with dropped passes, but he will get better. Hill will be…..

BACK FOR MORE

We will continue evaluating the roster as the days go by.

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