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
Good morning everybody. Let’s move with our countdown of five reasons that we should be a little bit concerned about the 2013 season. Yes, we are just getting going with training camp soon, but there is no doubt that we have our share of questions and concerns.
Yesterday, we talked about our concerns with installing a new offense again. Today, we move on to our fourth reason to be concerned. Here it is, again, the five being in no particular order:
THE LACK OF WIDE RECEIVERS
I don’t think there is a member of the fan base that is not concerned about this position. Other than the quarterback position, this group might be the one with the greatest amount of questions as we head into training camp in the next couple of weeks.
Jeremy Kerley is back for another season, after breaking out in 2012. But, his “breakout” season was 56 catches for 827 yards. Unless you see him jumping from there, to the numbers of a Pro Bowl player, he really is a complementary player. A good one? No doubt, but still a piece of the puzzle, rather than the top.
Santonio Holmes will be back. Coming off of the Lisfranc injury, however, he may never be the same again. Could he be? Sure, but he might not. The fact of the matter is he isn’t even ready to play yet, as it looks like he will begin camp on the PUP list. It’s great, and important, that he is mentoring the others, but he is needed on the field for the Jets to have ANY chance this fall.
Stephen Hill, with his size and speed that we have all seen, might have the most potential out of all of the receivers on the team. However, we need to see him put it all together and STOP DROPPING THE FOOTBALL. From all accounts of workouts so far, he has not been able to end this problem. In order to be a legitimate threat in this league, he needs to cure himself of the “dropsies”. Until he does, Stephen Hill will be a question mark.
The rest of the group is a big question mark. Ben Obomanu is the lone veteran that has been signed. Will he make the team? You would think he has a decent shot, being a veteran amongst a group of kids, but we will have to see. Clyde Gates is back, but is anyone really excited about that? Anyone? Don’t all jump up at once now, I won’t be able to count you all. I didn’t think so. Neither am I. He never showed me very much either.
The position was heavily addressed with undrafted free agents. Several will be attending training camp, and they too, have potential. Many have had great things to say about Zach Rogers, for example. Another one being looked is hometown Ryan Spadola. There are plenty of players coming in, could there be a diamond in the rough? Sure! There could be more than one. But until they hit the field, all they are is potential.
There you have it, our fourth reason to be concerned about the upcoming season.