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Aside from Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley, the depth chart positions for the rest of the wide receivers on the New York Jets are not set. Stephen Hill, Patrick Turner and Chaz Schilens, are the top three competing to be a starter come September.
Stephen Hill was one of the Jets draft selections this year. They traded up a few picks in the second round to get the talented man out of Georgia Tech. After the 2011 season, the Jets did not intend to bring back Plaxico Burress, leaving them in need of a big receiver that could be a nice red-zone target.
The Jets got exactly that and possibly more.
Following being drafted, Hill already had a positive attitude displaying that he was ready to get to work. His skill speaks for itself, he has good speed to run deep routes if the Jets need him to, and standing tall at 6'4", he will be a great target when the Jets are in the red zone.
Next is Patrick Turner. Turner is entering his fourth year with Jets, and has been has been a solid “12 man” for the offense. In 2011 he did not see a lot of playing time as Jeremy Kerley impressed everybody on the team and became a starter, but over the course of the season he reeled in eight receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. Like Hill, Turner is another tall guy (6'5") but needs to impress this preseason if he wants to get the starting job and prove that he is more than a benchwarmer.
Meanwhile there is Chaz Schilens, another new member on this year’s Jets team. Schilens is a veteran entering his fifth season after playing with the Oakland Raiders for four seasons. Schilens is yet another red-zone target guy (6'4") who also has good speed.
Since he was drafted in 2008 during Al Davis’ "draft the fastest guy" days, there is no doubt that Schilens is fast. In fact, during the 2008 NFL combine, he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash. Schilens' experience plus good speed may give him the edge against these two younger players, but who knows how these three will perform once preseason starts, so keep you eyes on these guys and see how it turns out.