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Santonio Holmes would love to catch passes from Manning.
The Jets may not have a super elite receiver like Larry Fitzgerald or Brandon Marshall, but they do have a nice group of skill position players who will likely only improve during the offseason.
Santonio Holmes is a legitimate No. 1 receiver, but he has been severely limited by Mark Sanchez. No quarterback-receiver duo posted a lower passer rating than those two in 2011.
When Holmes had an elite quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, he put up 79 catches for more than 1,200 yards. With Manning, he should be able to do the same.
Dustin Keller is one of the more skilled tight ends in the league, but like Holmes, he has been limited by Sanchez. Keller has only played for four years, so we haven't seen what he can do in his prime with a star quarterback. His style is very similar to Dallas Clark in that they are really receivers in the bodies of tight ends. Keller can stretch the field and has the hands to be a valuable underneath target.
The running game dropped off a bit last year, as LaDainian Tomlinson's age was apparent, but no Rex Ryan team will ever ignore the rush. Shonn Greene will get his yards, Joe McKnight has shown the potential to be a useful third-down back and the Jets may look to add another back to their stable. No matter who they have in the backfield, Ryan and Tony Sparano will make sure the Jets can run the ball.
It has also been predicted that the Jets will target another receiver during the offseason. They could potentially look at guys such as Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright in the draft, but the more likely scenario is that they look for a veteran in free agency.
One name that has been discussed is former Jet Braylon Edwards.
The former third overall pick has played with the following quarterbacks: Charlie Frye, Derrick Anderson, Brady Quinn, Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith. Despite this handicap, Edwards has put up several very nice seasons. Imagine the possibilities of an athlete like Edwards getting paired up with Manning.
Whether it's Edwards, another veteran or an early draft pick, the Jets will add another pass-catcher. Combine the receiver to be named later with Holmes and Keller, and the Jets have a solid group of targets to present to Manning.
Can teams like Washington, Seattle and San Francisco say the same?