May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
Earlier this week it was reported that OTA’s were off to a slow start on offense. Sanchez threw 3 INT’s and Geno Smith threw another. Then I remembered that Santonio Holmes is still out rehabbing his foot injury, and they also reported that Steven Hill was out with a sore knee. This made me wonder, who’s left to catch the football?
Braylon Edwards, inexplicably has not been re-signed. Chaz Schillens is out. This leaves the top two quarterbacks duking it out while throwing passes to….Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates? For a team that continuously harps on competition (especially at the QB position) there doesn’t seem to be any at the receiver position and no one seems to notice, care, or mention it.
There is no known timetable for Holmes return, and with Steven Hill still recovering from his knee injury, this would seem a prime time to bring a veteran wide receiver back into the fold. Braylon Edwards is the obvious fan favorite, but barring that even Brandon Lloyd or stopgap veteran. Because frankly, when you’re down to Kerley and Co. on the outside it doesn’t matter who is throwing the ball, that’s just a terrible combination.
Reading the news, it has also been brought to light that the team would like to end this quarterbacking competition before training camp, so as to give more reps to the starter. How in the world can these guys compete with these groups of receivers? A roster is symbiotic. The way a linebacker depends on a d-line to protect him to make tackles, or a running back needs a line to block for him, a quarterback needs a quality receiver to throw to. For however much praise Idzik receives (mainly for not being Tannenbaum), it appears he has no interest in trying to help his quarterbacks with a starting caliber receiver. And because of this no matter who wins this competition, no one will win without another starting caliber receiver to throw to. Every time you read the quarterbacks had a bad practice in OTA’s or training camp, think about that.