New York Jets Finally Look to Upgrade Receiver Position

By Nick Mamary
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It has become painfully apparent that the New York Jets have to add offensive talent. Last season, they averaged 17.6 points per game which ranked 28th overall. Of course, New York continues to wait for their best wideout Santonio Holmes to recover from severe injury. A young slot playmaker Jeremy Kerley is intriguing. Second-year player Stephen Hill must show an ability to improve. While undrafted rookie free agent Zach Rogers shows promise, he obviously has to see real NFL action. Therefore it is vital for the Jets to bring in at least one established threat.

According to ESPN New York, they are expected to try out a pair of veterans on Monday. Austin Collie and Laurent Robinson will both get an opportunity. When looking at this situation, there are risks especially with the first name.

Collie, a 2009 third-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts, only appeared in one game during 2012 due to a knee injury. He demonstrated great potential while recording 15 touchdown receptions his first two years. Unfortunately, three concussions sustained during his career offer a much more serious issue. Now league-wide concern lingers over head injuries, primarily their effect later in life. Tragedies like the deaths of former players Junior Seau and Dave Duerson have highlighted Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition. Despite such warning, Collie recently told USA Today he would sign a waiver if necessary in order to play again. New York must proceed with caution. Robinson’s risk has more to do with on the field factors.

After being drafted in the fourth round of 2007’s NFL Draft, this former Atlanta Falcon failed to produce much during his first two years. After spending the same amount of time as a St. Louis Ram, and totaling three touchdowns. Following that short stint, there were finally results. Robinson recorded 11 scores with the Dallas Cowboys during 2011 and then went on to sign a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released following one season after injuries kept him from performing.

Despite question marks from both individuals, it is nice to see Gang Green attempt to address this pressing need. Either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith must have weapons and right now these two are the best options available. Owner Woody Johnson could always call Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, but that would reintroduce their infamous circus mentality.

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