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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Report: Jets targeting Marshall, Bowe


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Everybody knows the New York Jets want to upgrade at wide receiver.

But they haven't made an acquisition, and various we'll-be-just-fine comments made by coach Rex Ryan and players already on the roster convinced many observers the Jets weren't going to make a move.

If the Jets do go into the regular season with players they already have, it won't be for lack of trying, writes Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News.

Cimini reports the Jets are interested in landing a game-breaker and "have held preliminary discussions with a few teams," listing Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe and Sinorice Moss as possibilities. Cimini notes free agent Marvin Harrison is an unlikely possibility.

The acquisition of a stud receiver such as Marshall or Bowe would send shivers through the rest of the AFC East and put a smile on rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez's face.

Receiver is the most unproven position on the Jets' roster, but an August upgrade would greatly increase their chances to make the playoffs.

Jerricho Cotchery made a team-leading 71 catches for 858 yards last season. Tight end Dustin Keller could have a productive second season.

The rest of the position is loaded with question marks that apparently aren't being answered to the front office's and coaching staff's satisfaction after a few weeks of training camp and one preseason game.

Chansi Stuckey had 32 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns last year. Brad Smith chipped in with a dozen catches. David Clowney made one, Wallace Wright zero.