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This 6'4'' wide receiver—entering his fifth year in the NFL—was picked up by the Jets to add a veteran deep threat.
Since the loss of Braylon Edwards, the Jets have lacked a deep option. No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes is smaller and more of a route-runner.
This season, Schilens will potentially be the primary deep threat for the Jets, depending on how quickly rookie Stephen Hill can learn the new offensive system. Schilens has dealt with some minor injuries this offseason, but he should be ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season.
New York will likely be throwing more deep balls this season than they did last season, in large part because they threw hardly any last year. In fact, Sanchez ranked 33rd in the NFL in 40-plus-yard plays in 2011. By bringing in two more prototypical wide receivers, head coach Rex Ryan and the Jets' management hope to rectify this problem.
Schilens still has some developing to do as a player. Nevertheless, anticipate seeing several deep balls thrown his way this season.