Holmes injured his foot on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and the Jets still have yet to announce the severity of the injury as they await test results. If Holmes is done for the year the Jets offense suddenly went from bad to God-awful.
Right now, it looks like Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller will miss yet another week with their respective hamstring issues. That means the Jets will be heading into Monday night’s matchup against the Houston Texans with Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley as their top receivers, hardly an ideal situation.
That would also mean Clyde Gates or Patrick Turner would have to step up into the number three role and that won’t excite many Jets fans.
If news breaks that Holmes is out for the year, the Jets will need to address their lack of depth at the position. Jordan White and Stanley Arukwe are on the practice squad but White battled injuries throughout training camp and saw little playing time in the preseason. He does, however, have an impressive collegiate record, catching 140 passes for 1,911 yards at Western Michigan. He obviously has good hands but the question is can he handle the NFL and can he stay healthy as he also had health issues in college.
The Jets will need to do something fairly quickly. For as bad as things have gone for them lately they are still 2-2 and are still in good position to at least make a run at the playoffs.
There is not much out there by way of free agent receivers but there are a couple of players who might be able to contribute. Plaxico Burress is the logical choice considering he played in this offense last year. Also available are Mike Sims-Walker, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Roy Williams, Anthony Gonzalez, and dare I mention, Terrell Owens.
None of the aforementioned receivers can replace Holmes. Most of them are older veterans who haven’t been impact players in years like Burress, Houshmandzadeh, and Owens. However, the Jets need to do something.
I expect them to bring back Burress who at least has some familiarity with the offense and can make somewhat of an impact right away. Whatever the Jets do it won’t change the fact that the Jets, as a whole, have a lot of holes to plug and even more challenges to overcome. It will be a rough and tough road ahead for the Jets from here on out.