I'm truly looking forward to our offensive skilled position players for the first time in quite some time. I've always been impressed by our defense heading into the season (under Rex). But for the first time, now that Shotty Jr is gone, I'm anxious to see what this unit can accomplish.
Despite what critics of Holmes may (or may not) say, he's a true #1 WR. A veteran WR with great route running ability and has came up clutch time and time again. Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald? No, not many are, but Holmes is a player in which opposing secondary's and safety's have to account for during each and every Sanchez drop back.
Some like to point out the fact that Stephen Hill is only a rookie, but look at how many rookies have impacted over the past two seasons. In 2010 you had rookies such as Mike Williams, Jermaine Gresham, Dez Bryant, Gronkowski/Hernandez, Brandon LaFell, Jordan Shipley etc, etc. Rookies such as A.J Green, Greg Little, Julio Jones, Doug Baldwin, Torrey Smith and Denarius Moore all impacted for their respected offenses as rookies last season. Some of you think a 6'1/205 Torrey Smith in whom ran a 4.43 40 with a 41' inch vert provided Flacco and the Ravens with a deep threat? Just wait until we see a 6'4/215 Stephen Hill in whom runs a 4.30 flat with a 39.5 inch vertical. This kid is blazing fast, very explosive off the line and has top of the line leaping/jumping ability. Haven't been this high on a Jets WR rookie since Keyshawn/Coles/Santana Moss. Even if he's not putting up big time production right away, he'll still make an immediate impact regardless. His speed can't be ignored. He'll open up the middle of the field for proven veterans such as Holmes and Keller to work. His deep threat potential/ability must be accounted for. It can not be ignored just because he's a rookie. This kid led the entire Nation is yards per reception at 29+ yards per catch coming out. Speed burner. A 6'4 one at that.
We have the perfect type of slot WR in Jeremy Kerley. At 5'9/188 pounds, this kid 23 year old athlete is built for the slot. Which is something we couldn't say heading into 2011. Mason had nothing left, Kerley was thrown into the fire as a raw rookie prospect during week 5 with just about zero reps with the first unit. Kid put up 29 receptions, 314 receiving yards and 1 TD during only 10 games of play after being thrown into the fire as a rookie. Was also very good at getting open, catching the football and moving the chains on 3rd down. Heading into 2012? We all know who our starting slot WR. Now, he'll have a chance to work with Sanchez and our offense during the offseason, training camp and preseason while physically and mentally preparing himself for the role of starting slot WR.
Holmes and Hill on the outsides, with Kerley working out of the slot can combine for a strong trio of WR's.
What about Dustin Keller? He's improved (production wise) each of the past 3 seasons with Sanchez under Center. He's a top 10 pass catching TE talent. Coming off a career year in which he put up 65 receptions, 815 yards and 5 TD's. He's by far Mark's favorite/most reliable option/target due to their overall chemistry that they've built together over the past 3 seasons. A true pass catching TE has always been a quarterbacks best friend. Tom Brady has Gronkowski/Hernandez. Peyton Manning had Dallas Clark. Drew Brees has Jimmy Graham. Philip Rivers has Antonio Gates. Tony Romo has Jason Witten. Aaron Rodgers has Jermichael Finley. Matt Ryan has Tony Gonzalez. Matthew Stafford has Brandon Pettigrew. Alex Smith has Vernon Davis. Matt Schaub has Owen Daniels. Andy Dalton has Jermaine Gresham etc, etc. As Jet fans, we should truly be thankful that Sanchez has a pass catching threat such as Dustin Keller to fall back on ala the best pass catching Jets TE I've ever seen.
Then you have our backfield with Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight. This isn't a proven 1-2 punch, but it's a 1-2 punch to look forward to watching this up coming season. Shonn Greene became a 1,000 yard rusher during his first season as our feature back. He's only heading into his 4th season as a back that rushed for an average of 4.2 yards per carry and only 37 rushing yards away from cracking the top 10. Only 12 rushing first downs from cracking the top 5 in regards to rushes resulting in 1st downs. There's a lot to be excited about in regards to a back in Shonn Greene who's only 26 years of age. Then you have Joe McKnight. This kid is only 24 years of age and led the NFL in kick returns for a reason; he's electric to say the least. Now he gets his first chance as our backup, and I'm looking forward to it. Could develop/become the home run threat our backfield needs spelling Shonn Greene. Only time will tell if he's ready for the challenge, but he's a play-maker without question. A true talent none the less. Kid has the ability to stretch the defense, catch out of the backfield, line up as an inside WR, utilize his return ability when running a HB screen etc, etc.
We also have some dept at the WR position in Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner and possibly/potentially DaMarcus Ganaway. If only one of these kids step up, when asked to step up? We're 4 deep at the WR position. Chaz has a boat load of potential (when healthy) and Patrick Turner gained some experience with us last season.
Last but not least? Tony Sparano and Tim Tebow should provide our offense with a dynamic Wildcat formation.
We may have a young offense, but we have an offense that we should all look forward to watching come Sunday's.
Last edited by NY2FLDWC85; 06-28-2012 at 03:19 AM.