Monday, April 12, 2010
So much Jets change has been in the air
In the span of six measly months, the New York Jets' top three receivers went from this:
1. Jerricho Cotchery
2. Chansi Stuckey
3. David Clowney
1a. Braylon Edwards
1b. Santonio Holmes
What an upgrade. The Jets continued their metamorphosis Sunday night, sending a fifth-round draft choice to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Holmes.
In a short time, the Jets went from wondering how their passing game would cope without Laveranues Coles to boasting a crew that features three 1,100-yard receivers.
Go back a year and the Jets' passing game was even more dubious. Brett Favre was gone. Some believed Brett Ratliff had a shot at the job.
Among the receivers, Cotchery had with the highest pedigree. He was a fourth-round draft pick. Stuckey was a seventh-rounder. Clowney was a waiver-wire pickup.
Now the Jets have a pair of first-rounders with some hardware. Edwards, the third overall selection in 2005, is a Pro Bowler. Holmes, the 25th pick in 2006, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.
Cotchery is the oldest of the three. He'll turn 28 in June.
Think second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez might be excited about throwing a little more this year?
Sanchez also has tight end Dustin Keller, another first-rounder. The backfield options are LaDainian Tomlinson and Leon Washington, two fellows who can catch.
The Jets had the NFL's top rushing attack last year. Their 37.9 carries per game were 5.1 attempts more than the second team and about 10 more than the league average.
At the league owners meetings last month in Orlando, Fla., Jets coach Rex Ryan said, "We might not run it as much as we did last year, but we’ll be pretty close."
When you consider the talent the Jets continue to assemble, that's getting increasingly harder to believe.