The New York Jets must be behind on their sacrifices, because they have certainly angered the football gods. A week after losing Darrelle Revis, the Jets are suddenly faced with the prospect of finding a new No. 1 receiver.
Santonio Holmes left the game against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter and did not return. The injury was not caused by any contact, which is the red ring of death for the knee ligaments.
If the MRI confirms what every Jet fan fears, things will get pretty bleak.
If It Wasn't Before, the Season is Officially Over
Assuming that Holmes will not be back this season (the play looked eerily similar to Revis'), the Jets can safely start preparing for the NFL Draft. There's nothing left in 2012 for them.
Holmes has caught twice as many passes as any other Jet and has received a third of the targets. The offense has struggled mightily aside from their opening blowout of the Buffalo Bills, and losing their only playmaker won't help matters.
The starting wideouts will be Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, with Chaz Schilens likely trotting out for three-wide sets. I don't care who New York puts under center, no one is going to make the playoffs with those three.
Honestly, Why Not Start Tim Tebow?
If there was ever a time to start Tebow, it's next week.
The offense has averaged 10 points per contest over the last three games. How well do you think they will fare without Holmes?
So throw out a curveball and ask John Fox for his playbook. It's the only way the Jets will remain relevant and even remotely competitive.
Need a New Wide Receiver? Look Elsewhere
Fantasy football owners who are scrambling to replace Holmes should take a look at other teams. The remaining Jets are a disaster.
New York won't have to play the Niners defense every week, but that doesn't mean they're going to complete many passes to wide receivers.
If you absolutely need a wide receiver, then Hill would be your best bet. They spent a second-round pick on the guy, so they'll be going to him often to build up his confidence. Additionally, he's tied for second on the team with 15 targets.
The man he's tied with could be an interesting pickup in PPR leagues. Tight end Jeff Cumberland will see his workload increase since he's shown himself to be reliable with 11 catches for 88 yards.
As for deep threat Kerley, he's a Saints wide receiver in a lot of ways. He'll either put up a bunch of points or none. The quintessential high-risk/high-reward player.