Update – 11:25 a.m.: The Jets will sign David Nelson, according to reports.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comDuring the NFL season, Mondays & Tuesdays are generally the day where NFL teams work out players who might be added to the team for a given week. A tough loss in Tennessee is made tougher because two of team’s top three receivers could be question marks to play this Monday against the Falcons. Stephen Hill was concussed in the first quarter and Santonio had a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter that kept him from returning to the game.
Should Hill and Holmes be unable to play, the Jets will have to think about who they start opposite Jeremy Kerley. Would it be Ben Obomanu? Clyde Gates? Rookie Ryan Spadola? If the Jets aren’t comfortable with those choices, the might bring in some veteran free agent options. Here’s a few of the likely suspects.
Braylon Edwards — Edwards spent all of training camp with the team, mostly seeing time against backups in the preseason. Still, Edwards looked solid and productive during his time with the team. Edwards size and speed could pair well with Geno’s ability to get the ball downfield and could be a good complement to Jeremy Kerley’s shifty style. Edwards also showed during the preseason that he can play the possession receiver role as necessary.
David Nelson — The Jets worked out Nelson last week, and while teams aren’t beating down Nelson’s door, he is another large (6’5″ 217 lbs) target that might help the Jets passing game in a possession role and in the red zone. Nelson’s speed might be less than what it was now after his ACL tear, but a large target who can body-up cornerbacks and high point the ball with decent route-running could be a benefit to an ailing Jets receiving group for a few weeks.
Mohamed Massaquoi — Massaquoi had a stint with the Jets during training camp, and he played decently most notably against the Giants. While Mo was a dynamic receiver in his first few years in Cleveland, he’s been typecast more and more as a possession style receiver. In Mornhinweg’s offense, there is the possibility he could be used in a more slightly more dynamic role, but he might not be that compelling a signing for the Jets given their current needs.