Jets signing of Elam clearly a necessity

The Jets lost one of their explosive players this week, and continue to battle injuries in the secondary.

Losing wide receiver Chansi Stuckey isn't just an insignificant agate transaction for the sports section.

This injury really hurts the Jets offense. Aside from Leon Washington, don't have a lot of game-breakers on offense. Who else do the Jets have who is a threat to take the ball all the way anytime they touch the ball? Stuckey is that kind of player.

The Jets don't have another receiver with Stuckey's quickness and open field moves. Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are solid players, but neither has great speed. Overachiever Justin McCareins is stiff athleticially. Brad Smith is an enigma at this point. Losing Stuckey to a season-ending foot injury takes away an offensive weapon the Jets can ill afford to lose.

Don't kid yourselves, this is a big loss.

And the signing of safety Abram Elam was clearly a sign that the Jets are concerned about the health of their secondary. Safety Eric Smith continues to battle a severe hamstring pull. He had a significant wrap on his injured leg in the locker room this week.

Cornerback Justin Miller also continues to battle a hamstring pull as well. And it looks like he might have suffered a setback against New England. Cornerback Andre Dyson is injured as well, dealing with a foot injury.

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