With the recent signing of Ben Obomanu, the New York Jets now have a decently filled up depth chart at the receiving position, however there are not too many intriguing names.
Stephen Hill, coming off of hamstring injuries, finally practiced this week. However, the team is proceeding with caution. Santonio Holmes continues to be on the sideline, rehabbing his surgically repaired foot. Receiver Clyde Gates was also held on the sideline this week due to a hamstring injury.
Jeremy Kerley is still a great offensive weapon, and will start opposite side of Holmes, likely to be the number one target. Other than that, unless Hill can prove himself to be a reliable offensive weapon, the receiving core is suspect, and not intriguing at all.
Had Tavon Austin fallen a few places back in the NFL Draft, the Jets likely would have drafted him. If this had happened, Austin definitely would have added some excitement to this receiving core, and definitely would have started.
It is understood that money is tight. But it still boggles the mind that the organization expects embattled Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith, both of who have to prove themselves that they can be good quarterbacks in this league, to prove themselves with this group of receivers. No disrespect to the receivers they have now, but you have to know that they did not necessarily get the job done last year, and it wasn’t all Sanchez’ fault.
Creating separation from corners was often difficult. Once Holmes went down, it was obvious that they were really missing him.
Hopefully the running back core, which looks pretty solid, can hold up some of the offense until Holmes and Hill are fully recovered and playing up to par, because if not, the offense is going to struggle, and it won’t be the quarterback’s fault, necessarily.