Jets sink further into abyss
October, 3, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
I have a new nickname for the New York Jets after all that's happened the past two weeks.
Call them the "Bad News Jets."
Whether it's on the field or off, New York continues to stumble over itself and sink further into the abyss. The latest bad news is losing No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes for the 2012 season with a foot injury. This comes one week after the Jets lost their best defensive player for the year: Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee). Both star players were injured on non-contact plays.
I wrote last week that you can stick a fork in the Jets after Revis' injury. New York went from "well done" to "overcooked" after Holmes' injury.
So what's next for New York's receiving corps? Currently, the team has Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and injured rookie Stephen Hill. This is not enough unless the Jets' plan is to tank the season for a high draft pick and/or get starting quarterback Mark Sanchez benched sooner than later. Wednesday's signing of free-agent receiver Jason Hill won't help much, either.
The receivers still available in free agency all come with risks. Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress are aging players with baggage. If I had to choose one of these players for the Jets, it would probably be Burress, since he played in New York last year and is familiar with Sanchez. But none of these options can singlehandedly save the Jets' woeful offense. New York's offense is ranked 28th in the NFL -- and that was with Holmes.
A trade may be the best route. There are a few more weeks before the NFL trade deadline, and the Jets must do something. It may cost New York a high draft pick for someone's No. 3 or No. 4 receiver. It's not a great way to do business but the Jets are desperate.
The Jets are 2-2 and remain in first place in the AFC East. But that will not be for long after losing Revis and Holmes in back-to-back weeks.