Wide Hopes For Jet Receivers

Technically, the Jets had one first round draft pick in this year's draft. Though, with Santana Moss missing basically all of the 2001 campaign you can say they had two. Its easy to hand the ball off the Curtis Martin every play, but you can't. That is where the Jets trio of wide receivers comes into play heading into the pre-season opener.

Wayne Chrebet has been the main wide-out since that guy went to Tampa Bay. Last year there was the emergence of Laveranues Coles who became a target of Testaverde and will continue to be this year.

Add Santana Moss' lightening speed into the mix and you could have an extremely good receiving core to go along with the splendid running game. The Miami standout needs to have a big year and make up for his lost rookie season due to injury.

The Jets need him to have a big year too. He has to the ability to make the big plays on those third and longs. When Vinny looks down field, chances are he could be looking for Moss to burn the opponent with his speed.

Wayne Chrebet is still the go to guy and will continue to be. His one touchdown in 2001 is shocking indeed, but all signs point to him having a big year such as the one he had in 1998.

That was his biggest year as a Jet, over 1000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. That was the last time the franchise had two receivers with four digits in the yardage column.

Coles last year showed he can be big time player as he touched the end zone seven times. Add him to the tandem of Chrebet and Moss and there could be something special brewing in New York.

The Jets passing game was extremely poor last year and the offense seemed to depend on Curtis Martin's legs. He did not let anyone down, rushing for a career high 1513 yards. Though, for the offense to be successful the air will have to be used.

Staying healthy is a big key as well. Health in football could determine wins and losses a la quarterback in 1999.

If these three can stay healthy the Jet offense can click much like it did four seasons ago when they reached the AFC Championship game. With an accomplished running back and a potent passing game, it could be a force to be reckoned with.

A lot depends on Vinny Testaverde and how well he can throw the football. Last year it was a struggle and it showed. He threw for 250+ yards just once and 200 yards or less in twelve of the sixteen regular season games.

He has a history of being a high-quality quarterback in leading teams to winning seasons. Can he do it this year at the age of thirty-nine?

Does he still have the 101.6 QB Rating in him like he did in 1998? If he does and the receivers perform up to expectations, look out.

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.

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