When I first read that the New York Jets had cut Justin McCareins, I was happy and excited beyond belief. Jets fans had been calling for his pink slip ever since he dropped two touchdown passes in week two against the Ravens. But now that I have thought about it, I realize that the Jets desperately need someone to fill his spot. So now I'm a bit concerned and very intrigued to see which direction the team will go in. Don't worry, I get these kind of mood swings every time a big move is made (COUGHzachrandolphtradeCOUGH). So I've decided to break down the Jets' receiver options.
First, lets start with who they already have:
6'2", 210 lbs
32 rec - 325yds - 2tds in 2007
Smith is #16 in our programs but #1 in our hearts for his versatility on the field. He is a college quarterback playing receiver. He showed a great deal of improvement in his second year at wide receiver, but his hands are inconsistent. The Jets fans would love to see Smith get more playing time. He is going into his critical 3rd season, in which he needs to step his game up alot to be an effective slot receiver.
6'0", 196 lbs
Inactive in 2007.
Stuckey was a 7th round pick by the Jets in the 2007 Draft. He runs a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash and had a 35 inch vertical leap. Although he did not have a phenominal combine, Stuckey made the Jets squad after standing out throughout the preseason, puting up 76 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. Stuckey got injured early in the regular season and was shut down for the rest of the year. He has a lot of potential but still has to prove that he can produce and stay healthy.
Next, the Free Agents:
6'4", 210 lbs.
98 rec. - 1493 yds. - 23 tds in 2007.
Come on... you know I had to start here. It would be amazing to see the Jets get the record holder for touchdowns in a season. And just knowing that the Jets would be stealing him from the Patriots makes it sweeter than Kool-Aid when I make it. But Randy (yes, we are on a first name basis) is expected to re-sign with the Pats and kill the Jets again. It's nice to dream though.
6'1", 185 lbs
71 rec - 951 yds - 5 tds in 2007.
Berrian would be a pretty good fit in New York. He has proved that he can produce decent numbers during his last four years, witht the Bears. The problem is that he will probably want a lot more money than the Jets are willing to pay a 3rd receiver. Unless they feel he can take over for Coles in a year, the Jets should not sign him. Personally, I think he can step up to #2 while Cotchery advances to #1 and Coles regresses. But that wont be in 2008.
5'10", 183 lbs.
32 rec - 332 yds - 0 tds in 2007.
Colbert was on injured reserve, in 2007, ailing from a knee injury. He had his biggest year in 2004, during his rookie year, posting 47 receptions, 754 yards and 5 touchdowns. After that he was a big letdown for the Panthers. He never filled his potential, but maybe he could as the slot receiver for the Jets.
6'1", 200 lbs.
36 rec - 449 yds - 5 tds. in 2007.
Like Colbert, Gaffney is a second round pick who never filled his potential in the NFL. But he shined in 2007 with the Patriots, and eventually overtook Donte Stallworth for the 3rd receiver spot in New England. Gaffney also caught one of the greatest touchdowns in NFL history in one of the greatest games in NFL history in 2007. So once again, New York would get a New England hero. He would be a perfect fit for the Jets, as he would not demand a great deal of money. And his daddy Derrick played for the Jets. Gotta love that lineage.
30 rec - 428 lbs - 3 tds in 2006.
Gabriel was not on a team in 2007. I don't know why. Whenever I saw him, he appeared to be pretty talented. But I guess everyone seems better than they really are when they play the Jets.
5'11", 200 lbs
20 rec. - 409 yards - 3 tds in 2007.
Very fast, has pretty good hands and can stretch the field. The Jets need that in a receiver. Henderson could be an ideal fit in New York.
6'4", 211 lbs
70 rec - 815 yds - 4 tds in 2006.
ESPN Analyst in 2007.
You may be skeptical if the Jets bring him back and rightfully so. But the truth is, Johnson can still play. He did not get fat during his year off, and when you've been playing as long as he has, you will never lose your hands. Even towards the end of his career, Johnson was puting up 800 to 900 yards in a season. I've heard that he wants to make a comeback. What better place to do it than in the place you started.
Marty Booker - Way too slow and inconsistent.
Reche Caldwell - If he drops a pass, his eyes will bug out again.
Peerless Price, Eric Moulds, Keenan McCardell - All over the hill and will probably demand too much money.
-Also, Jonathan Vilma is in Detroit for a physical. Could he possibly bring back a guy like Roy Williams? Or if the Bengals are interested, Vilma could bring the disgruntled Chad Johnson to New York. I got my fingers crossed.
Anyway, it's been fun. It will be more fun to follow the Jets in the free agent market.
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