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Can Jets receivers step up minus Holmes?

August, 4, 2012
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CORTLAND, N.Y. – Now we find out who really is the second-best receiver for the New York Jets.

The Jets had some bad luck Saturday when No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes injured his ribs in a team-wide scrimmage. The team would not confirm when Holmes was injured. However, Holmes did take a big shot from cornerback Antonio Cromartie after making a catch, and that was one of the few high-impact plays Holmes had Saturday.

X-rays were negative Saturday night and Holmes did not suffer a broken rib. He will be day-to-day, according to the Jets.

After Cromartie's recent and controversial comments, there's been a lot of speculation on who truly is New York's second-best receiver. Now is a perfect time to find out with Holmes sidelined. There will be plenty of reps and opportunities for guys like Patrick Turner, Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, rookie Stephen Hill and maybe even Cromartie to step forward and show what they can do in training camp and the preseason.

All of New York's receivers have flashed potential at different points, but no one has really developed much consistency. Schilens was a star in minicamp. Hill started training camp fast but had a slow week. Turner is really coming on as of late, and Kerley has been injured but did good things last season. There are clearly more questions than answers with this group minus Holmes.

For the time being, the Jets need a new No. 1 option at receiver in training camp. But the receiver who steps up most in this role should be the new No. 2 receiver whenever Holmes returns from his rib injury.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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