A recurring complaint of Gang Green’s offense in 2013 was their lack skill players, especially at the wide receiver position. It wasn’t for lack of effort by the front office: Santonio Holmes (23 receptions for 456 yards/1TD) appeared to be hampered by either the foot injury he never fully recovered from, or the hamstring he pulled during the season & the Stephen Hill (24 receptions for 342 yards/1TD) project has yet to live up to expectation, as he finished 2013 on injured reserve due to his knee.
The team was led by Jeremey Kerley (43 receptions for 523 yards/3TDs), who would be a contributing slot receiver on playoff-caliber team and David Nelson (36 receptions for 423 yards/2TDs), who caught his first pass in green and white against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. The Jets need game-breakers… point-scorers… playmakers!! Here are two unrestricted free-agent WRs worthy of the FREE AGENT FOCUS:
Emmanuel Sanders: Jets fans remember this player’s game-breaking 55-yard TD catch from Ben Roethlisberger, as he raced around a hobbled Antonio Cromartie, putting the 19-6 contest out of reach. After Mike Wallace bolted for Miami and a huge payday, Sanders was expected to help Antonio Brown make up for his absence. Brown caught 110 passes for 1499 yards and 8TDs, while Sanders was only able to match half Brown’s catches (67) and half his yards (740). Going into his fifth NFL season, Sanders has all the ability to be an explosive pass-catcher, but some may shy away from his size (5’11” and 180lbs). He only made $2.5M last year, and could be a talent the Jets need, at a price they can afford.
Jacoby Jones: Going into his eighth NFL season, Jones has never put up the eye-popping stats as a receiver with either Houston or Baltimore, but he’s always been explosive as a return specialist. His dual-treat ability could come in handy to a team like the Jets, who moved on from Joe McKnight, lost Josh Cribbs to injury, and can’t continue to rely on Clyde Gates, Kerley, (or even Cromartie) for returns moving forward. Not the biggest WR (6’2” and 215lbs), but he’s another talent at a manageable number (only earned $3M in 2013) the Jets could look at to fill their need at the receiver position.
-Joseph Haas Editor, www.HCoftheNYJ.com
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