NFL Nation: Stanley Daniels
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Anytime a name receiver is rumored to be available, the New York Jets are said to be interested.
The Jets were in need of a prototypical No. 1 wideout even before Laveranues Coles wriggled out of his contract. They've declined to replace him thus far, creating even more skepticism that the Jets are set at receiver.
At least two players on the depth chart disagree.
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|David Clowney caught one pass for the Jets last season.|
"I think we're good," Jets receiver Wallace Wright said. "People want to speculate, but with the talent we have in that room, I don't think we need anybody else."
David Clowney has a more specific solution to New York's receiving needs. The third-year speed demon with one career NFL catch considers himself the answer.
"I don't stress or harp" on the stream of reports the Jets are looking for outside help, Clowney said, "because at the end of the day it's all in my hands. That's been my whole mind-set. If they would've drafted a first-round receiver, he would have had to earn that job just like me, and I would just have to beat him out."
Clowney was emphatic about what he can offer the Jets. He took a break from the youth football camp he staged Saturday in his hometown -- the presence of teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Vernon Gholston, Kareem Brown, Brian Schaefering, Marques Murrell, Nate Harris, Stanley Daniels and Wright gave it the feel of a Jets' organized team activity -- to talk about his expectations for 2009.
Clowney has been taking reps with the first- and second-team offense throughout OTAs.
"I'm grinding, trying to get that starting job," Clowney said. "I'm really hoping that they give it to me. I'm working for it.
"Shouldn't be a reason why I shouldn't get it, but with all this competition, we're going to make the best of it. We're all going to be out there, making plays."