Link: Help All Over

Aaron Schatz writes on ESPN that the Jets have a lot of wood to chop when it comes to addressing their skill positions … basically each and every one needs upgrades this spring.

Since it’s an ESPN Insider article, here’s just a snippet about the Jets and the wide receiver spot, but just so you know he also has concerns about the quarterback, running back and tight end spot.  It’s nothing we didn’t already know, but when you see it like that … gulp.

The Jets must also figure out what to do at wide receiver. All six receivers who had at least 25 targets for the Jets had negative DVOA ratings, and the Jets were the only team in the league where only one wideout had at least 50 targets in 2012. That was Jeremy Kerley, who on a proper roster would be the slot receiver instead of the No. 1 target.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

To explain, DVOA means how much better are they than an average or essentially replacement level player.  Kerley performed well for the Jets in 2012 despite the adversity that he had to deal with at both the quarterback and his own position.  I understand where Schatz is coming from, he is more of a slot receiver, but if we’ve seen anything in the last five years it’s the real value that slot receivers can deliver to rosters.  Look no further than a player like Wes Welker, but Percy Harvin, Danny Amendola, and Victor Cruz are other stellar examples.  Paired with a good quarterback against subpar talent, a slot receiver can be super productive.  From a talent, size and speed perspective, there are many better players in the league than Jeremy Kerley, but I think that his tenacity, quickness and elusiveness can make him a serious contributor in any offense if he’s first paired with a competent QB, or gets more help in diverting attention than he did in 2012 from the Tight End spot.  

Joe Caporoso over at TOTJ just wrote up a whole post about the value that Kerley can bring to the roster, and I agree with his final assessment.  Kerley is versatile enough to bump over to play most receiver spots, and the fact that he can be productive in the X and Z would seem to only supercharge the value he could bring at the slot.   





13 comments
rico
rico

hope he's innocent and hope he signs up.  we can have a monster OL...

cj1786
cj1786

@samsworld1250 @SNYGiants How exactly do you know there is any baggage at all?  At this point a woman this guy used to be in a relationship was killed.  That's it.  And that fact that he, an ex-boyfriend was questioned about it?  I'd be more shocked if he wasn't.  That seems like standard procedure in a case like this. 


So at this point someone this guy had a past relationship was murdered, and that's enough for you to conclude the kid is a waste of time and money, even though there is no evidence to suggest that he had anything at all to do with it?  I sure hope nothing bad ever happens to anyone you know or may have known.  I'm sure you wouldn't want that "baggage" following you around. 

Rob McBurney
Rob McBurney

Totally agree!! Beattys footwork has slooooowed down

Rob McBurney
Rob McBurney

Will be cleared, not a suspect, just wanted for questioning

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

If they get Collins you got you future LT and RT in one draft. Could be the best draft ever besides getting a franchise QB.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

In the mix.... What does that really mean?  No one is allowed to talk with him until May 9 - since his school is still in finals.


If he is cleared/exhonerated - I would have interest.  Until then - let him be someone else's challenge.  (A 3 year guaranteed deal is tough if he is a person of interest in this investigation)

James D Kimberlin
James D Kimberlin

@Jeff Comerford  Are you sure they can't talk to him? there were reports Tuesady that Rex Ryan had dinner with him on Monday... thats a lot more than contact.


cj1786
cj1786

@nuneztito3 @SNYGiants They need to send O'dell, Ruben Randle, and a bunch of strippers to meet with this guy ASAP. 

Davey Dohrman
Davey Dohrman

Go get him! NOW!!! He would provide depth & be first man up at guard or tackle if someone goes down.... Then next year trade Beatty, move flowers over to left tackle, plug this guy in at right tackle, & you got pro bowl bookends for the next 10-12 years