Eric Decker is the New York Jets surefire No. 1 wide receiver — which is problematic in itself, because he was the No. 3 in Denver. Past Decker, the Jets plan of attack is unclear. Stephen Hill, David Nelson and Jeremy Kerley are all in the mix for the No. 2 spot.
The most productive player, Kerley, is the one that fits the No. 2 role the least. He’s more of a slot receiver and loses productivity when he moves to the outside.
Kerley is an efficient outside receiver, catching 14 passes of his 21 targets. But the average throw was only 4 yards. So while he was nominally “on the perimeter,” he was still running slot receiver routes. His route tree seems somewhat unproven.
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York says that there will be a wide receiver committee starting out for the Jets unless someone blows away the competition. They have a better chance of ending up with Andre Johnson than having a current wide receiver blow away the competition.
Former Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro should help with the pass catching load, but he is a rookie, and frankly, can’t be trusted to produce regularly. Not yet, at least.
Perhaps Amaro is the player Cimini had in the back of his mind when he said that someone might explode in mini camp.
Stephen Hill is the most likely candidate for the No. 2 spot. He is a 2012 second round selection the Jets can only pray picks up his game. The incredible athlete clocked a 4.36 40-meter dash. But he has yet to exceed 350 passing yards in a season.