Jets Wide Outs are Crashing; Now Need Young Players to Mature Quickly
Added by Justin O'Connell on October 4, 2012.
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Two words that sum up the New York Jets season so far: Murphy’s Law. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, Santonio Holmes goes down for the season. Holmes was injured during the 49ers game in the third quarter and now requires season ending surgery.
“First off, I know (the media was) given the news on Santonio (Holmes). He is going to be out for the remainder of the season. It’s a Lisfranc injury that’s going to require surgery. We expect him to make a full recovery, but he will be lost for the rest of the season. Obviously, that’s a big loss for us. Santonio is one of the top receivers in the game and it is a big loss,” said head coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan’s expression during Sunday’s post game press conference showed how disheartened he was. He is trying to keep the morale up in the locker room and has reiterated the confidence he has in his current group of wide outs.
The Jets signed Jason Hill, instead of former receiver Plaxico Burress, because the team wants to “get younger and is looking for more speed.” Hill was drafted by the 49ers in the third round after running a 4.32 in the combine; he had the second fastest 40 time in the draft.
Hill was asked how long it will take to pick up the offense and said, “It takes some time, but we’re game planning, so it’s not like I have to learn the whole playbook right now. My plays, I don’t know how much I’ll play (or) if I’ll play this week, but I plan to. I’m going to stay up all night learning the playbook and we’ll see what comes.”
Second year receiver, Jeremy Kerley, is now the longest tenured Jet at the position and there leading receiver; he has 10 receptions, 196 yards, and two touchdowns. Kerley has made some big plays this year and is averaging just under 20 yards per reception. He will remain in the slot where he is most effective.
Stephen Hill’s hamstring is still giving him problems, so it is uncertain whether or not he will play Sunday. Hill, the third leading receiver for the team, will have to grow up real quick and become the Jets number one receiver. Although the confidence of the receivers may seem low, Hill has says otherwise, “The confidence is always up. You never see anybody down. Of course we were disappointed, but you never see anybody down in the building or anything. Everybody’s up, everybody’s ready to play. Now that we saw the game film it’s behind us and now we’re starting to move on.”
Chaz Schilens and Clyde Gates who have had very limited roles, all the sudden will have to be major pieces for this offense. If Stephen Hill does not play this week Schilens will most likely be the number two receiver. He has the size and speed to compete in this league and is finally going to get a chance to start. Whether or not he’ll perform is another question, but, for the Jets sake, they better hope the gamble on him pays off. Gates, who was drafted by the Dolphins in 2011, has the speed, but still is a very raw talent.
“I think we have some guys that can play out there, no doubt. I think Chaz (Schilens) is playing well. I think (Jeremy) Kerley is playing well. With Stephen Hill having the hamstring, we’ll see how he progresses through the week. (Clyde) Gates is going to have to step up, (he’s) a guy with tremendous speed. He’s learning the system, so we’ll see what he can do.”