Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Jets could add some Chaz to WR corps
By Rich Cimini
A high-profile free agent, he's not, but WR Chaz Schilens (Raiders) is scheduled to visit the Jets, perhaps as early as Wednesday night.
Why the interest in Schilens? He's big (6-foot-4) and fast (a 4.33 40 at the 2008 combine), and the Jets are looking for a big and fast receiver to play opposite Santonio Holmes. The Jets also don't want to break the bank, knowing they might add a receiver in the draft.
It might be a stretch to cast Schilens in a starting role, considering his limited background. He has only 72 catches in four seasons, having missed 19 games in '09 and '10 due to injuries (including a broken foot). This is what one personnel executive told me about Schilens: "He has tools, just injury and durability concerns."
Schilens had just 23 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns last season, but he appeared in only 397 plays, according to Pro Football Focus. He was targeted 34 times, so a 23-catch/34-target ratio is very good. He had only one drop.
With his size, Schilens should be effective in the red zone, but he was targeted only four times inside the 20. All four were completed for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
He has an ally in the Jets' organization, receivers coach Sanjay Lal, his former position coach in Oakland.