The receiver position is already a thin area for the New York Jets. Recent reports suggest that even less talent could be available when the season starts. Everyone by now probably knows that wide out Santonio Holmes continues to rehab from his Lisfranc injury from last year. His journey has yet to produce an idea of possible return. While some may view this as normal given the nature of the injury, there could be reasons to worry.
Holmes represents New York’s most established receiving threat. Stephen Hill enters his second season needing to become more polished. Jeremy Kerley has tremendous potential, but needs to improve on last year’s two touchdown receptions. I have already established my lack of faith in Clyde Gates and Zach Rogers of course is a rookie. Ben Obomanu also does not qualify as an elite receiver. Their first game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely be difficult when looking at Tampa Bay’s secondary. Dashon Goldson was a great addition from the San Francisco 49ers. Darrelle Revis also locks down outside receivers. Without Holmes, New York would struggle to make plays when passing. Even when he comes back, it is impossible to know what his team is getting.
Lists of football’s best receivers do not include Holmes. At the same time, this is a capable playmaker who can create big gains. Their passing game ranked 30th in 2012 and depending on the starting quarterback, adjustments must be made. Rookie Geno Smith has a stronger arm than Mark Sanchez. The veteran Sanchez is fragile and will likely crumble again without his best target.