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 A closer look at the New York Jets Roster …… Offense Part 2 of 2

Last week we looked closely at the Quarterback positions, as well as the Offensive Line. We will continue this week with the second part, getting deeper into what will appear to be the biggest ness on this team. The skilled players, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends and Running Backs.

1. Wide Receivers…Holmes, Kerley, Nelson, Salas, Campbell, Cribbs, Gates, Hakim, Hazelton, Hill

a. First and foremost, Santonio Holmes. He was obtained cheap, and like anything that is cheap, it will not last. I do not wish to even dedicate time and explain this dude, gone!

b.  Jeremy Kerley has been the only constant in this group. Unfortunately injuries limited him in 2013, but his quickness and sure hands, make Kerley a must keep. On a team with successful wide outs, Kerley would be a dangerous weapon to reckon with.

c. David Nelson was one of the numerous bodies the HC went out to get in season, just to be able to field a wide receiver. Nelson once a Bill, was a very welcomed surprise. He is not a #1 receiver, nor a #2, but Nelson as a third wide receiver is a nice luxury. Sure handed, always plays hard, excellent in the red zone.

d, Stephen Hill is at his last chance. This young man was drafted knowing that he would be a project. However, with the enormous talent and speed, you also expect some growth. There has been none! His run routes are horrific, separation is non existent, even when he’s the fastest man on the field. Put up or get out of town. He also doesn’t play special teams; therefore if he can’t cut it as a receiver, he is a waste of a roster spot.

e. Rest of the group, Gates, Hakim, Hazelton are gone unless there is a need for a body. Salas played some meaningful minutes and produced, he will be at least in training camp. Cribbs might be kept as a return specialist, with some trick plays on offense. Jones was signed after he sat out of football do to a family tragedy, he will an opportunity to make the team at camp. Campbell has a shot at the practice squad, maybe.

Let’s be serious, this group doesn’t scare anyone. I doubt any DC has dedicated more than 5 minutes to prepare for the Jets receivers, especially while Kerley was in rehab. The Jest have a huge need here, and I’m sure that need will be addressed by GM Idzik. Jets basically need to starting wide outs, with Kerley to complement as a slot receiver. No messing around Idzik, lets go get them, Geno needs someone to throw to.

# Player

Age

Height

Weight

Year exp.

College
Michael Campbell

WR

24

6-2

205

1

Temple
16 Josh Cribbs

WR

30

6-1

192

10

Kent State
19 Clyde Gates

WR

27

6-0

197

4

Abilene Christian
15 Saalim Hakim

WR

24

5-11

188

1

Palomar Coll. CA
17 Vidal Hazelton

WR

26

6-2

209

2

Cincinnati
84 Stephen Hill

WR

22

6-4

215

3

Georgia Tech
10 Santonio Holmes

WR

29

5-11

192

9

Ohio State
Dwight Jones

WR

25

6-3

230

1

North Carolina
11 Jeremy Kerley

WR

25

5-9

188

4

Texas Christian
86 David Nelson

WR

27

6-5

215

5

Florida
17 Greg Salas

WR

25

6-2

209

4

Hawaii
Average

25.82

6’1″

203.64

4

 

2.    Tight Ends Anderson. Cumberland, Pantale, Reuland, Sudfeld, Winslow

a. Jeff Cumberland is  Free Agent, but I fully expect him back, if not, sayonara. Good hands, hard worker who made the transition from Wide Receiver. He has been the most productive TE on the roster last two years. I would love him back, however if the price tag is too high, no, walk away. My guess, he will be back.

b. Winslow was a good addition in a year with no CAP money, but lets face it, he is GONE!

c. Sudfeld was snatched off waivers by New England, and I like his size and upside. He will not be a #1 TE next season, but he is a nice commodity on the bench. Fully expect him to be on the roster.

d. Pantale a fan favorite last camp, time to step up , the future is now, practice squald seems appropriate.

e. Reuland has been a good soldier with little upside, see ya.

f. Anderson will be a forgotten name no later than you are done reading this article.

This is another area that has not exactly been a problem for opposing defenses. It is actually amazing that Geno had any stats at all with the TEs and WRs. Jets need a #1 type from the draft of Free Agency regardless of what Cumberland does. If Cumby is gone, then we need two.

#

Player

Age

Height

Weight

Years Exp.

College
Colin Anderson

TE

24

6-4

240

R

Furman

87

Jeff Cumberland

TE

26

6-4

260

5

Illinois

44

Chris Pantale

TE

23

6-5

254

1

Boston College

88

Konrad Reuland

TE

26.00

6-5

260.00

3

Stanford

82

Zach Sudfeld

TE

24

6-6

255

2

Nevada

81

Kellen Winslow

TE

30

6-4

240

10

Miami (Fla.)
Average

25.50

6’5″

251.50

3.5

 

3.    Running Backs Goodson, Green, Griffin, Ivory, Powell, Reynaud, Bohanon, Hilliard

a. Chris Ivory was an excellent trade for the Jets. Ivory’s issue is to make sure he remains healthy, other than that he is a hard-nosed runner. Fights for extra yards on every play. He is physical, tough to tackle. He will remain the #1 RB on the Team

b. Bilal Powell has been behind the scenes for a few years now. He was shadowed by Greene, and now Ivory and Goodson, however, Bilal keeps playing. That tells you all about this kid, very hard worker and an excellent team player. His hands are also very good out of the backfield. He will back unless another team offers him the moon.

c. Tommy Bohanon a 2013 draft pick was as good as you can expect. He worked his way into the startin team and stayed there all season. Plays hard, great blocker, still learning the game, eventually he will be among the best in the league at FB.

d. Mike Goodson was a mystery in 2013, but he does posses something our backfield lacks, great hands. Goodson was signed for that purpose, unfortunately he wasn’t on the filed much. Morty Ball and his West Coast offense needs a sure handed RB for it to work smoothly, the Jets did not have one last season. That value, and the fact he is signed, means Goodson will have an opportunity to redeem himself in 2014.

e. The others with the exception of Alex Green, will all be looking for work elsewhere.

I do not see the Jets making a big splash at the RB position in the off-season. If Goodson does come back healthy and plays 12-14 games, this group has the ability to be the best in the division.

# Player Age Height Weight Years Exp. College
23 Mike Goodson RB 26 6-0 210 6 Texas A&M
25 Alex Green RB 25 6-2 220 4 Hawaii
24 John Griffin RB 25 5-11 208 2 Massachusetts
33 Chris Ivory RB 25 6-0 222 5 Tiffin University
29 Bilal Powell RB 25.00 5-10 204.00 4 Louisville
24 Darius Reynaud RB 29 5-9 208 6 West Virginia
40 Tommy Bohanon FB 23 6-1 246 2 Wake Forest
36 Lex Hilliard FB 29 5-11 235 6 Montana
Average 25.88 5’11” 219.13 4.4

 

………..next week we will take a closer look at the Defense

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