Jets have depth at WR

With the depth the Jets have at wide receiver, it is unlikely that any one of the group will put up the type of All-Pro numbers that one might see from a Marvin Harrison, or Terrell Owens. <p>

Rather than having one player designated as the franchise receiver or designated go-to-guy, the Jets have "The Big Three," in Wayne Chrebet, Santana Moss, and Curtis Conway.

Moss and Conway were both first round draft selections, and Chrebet is closing in on Don Maynard's team record for catches.

Conway was the seventh player selected in the 1993 draft. Conway is a seasoned veteran, who is now going on his third team. His previous stints include seven years with the Chicago Bears, and three years in San Diego. Conway has 510 career receptions and 47 touchdowns.

"It's the balance of the wide receivers," said Conway. "It's not about trying to have one guy with 1500 yards. We are all trying to win games, and make the best of our opportunities."

The Jets picked up Moss with the 16th overall selection in the 2001 draft.

Moss is regarded as the Jets fastest player on the roster. He is also a valuable punt returner, scoring two touchdowns last season. According to Chrebet "Moss is a phenomenal player."

On the very first day of training camp Herman Edwards stressed that for the Jets to be a successful offense Moss would have to touch the football six or seven times a game. His role on special teams enables him to achieve his coach's objective.

"I think Santana likes returning punts," said Herman Edwards. "He is a lot better than most guys in the league (at returning punts). Getting Santana to return punts is just another way to get him the ball."

And then there is Chrebet, the undrafted player from Hofstra, who has 507 receptions in his career spent exclusively with the Jets.

With a deep receiving core, having three very good receivers can create confusion on opposing defenses. With most teams only having two true cover corners on their rosters at most, having three receivers can create a definite advantage.

"It is all about converting on third downs," said Chrebet. "We have three guys always moving around a lot. It could easily be Curtis at the X receiver, and me and Santana at the Z, but were just trying to add more depth and versatility to it. The capabilities of each of us running each other's routes will keep defenses on their toes.

" It is not the kind of offense where one guy catches 100 balls, but there are certainly enough catches to go around."

Injury Notes:

Marvin Jones will not play in this weekend's game with the Giants. His right hamstring is not 100 percent. According to Edwards "If he had to play this weekend he could not."

Derek Pagel will also sit out with a bad right ankle.

Practice for the remainder of the week will be at 2:30, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There will be no practice on Friday.

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