New York Jets Lack Depth to Replace Santonio Holmes, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Head coach Rex Ryan consoles Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets after Holmes is taken off the field in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers on September 30, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Jets 34-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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We've still yet to get 100 percent official word from the team that Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is, indeed, done for the season, but we're about 99.9 percent of the way there, with reports from both Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News basically sealing his fate.

They're delaying the inevitable—which is exactly what they did, and apparently are still doing, with cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Regardless of the duration of Holmes' injury, the Jets will have to find an answer for it for some duration of time. Right now, that answer consists of wide receivers Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and Clyde Gates. The Jets also added wide receiver Lex Hilliard on Tuesday.

Should the Jets go after a veteran wide receiver? Probably not. What would be the point? They have some young wide receivers on the roster, and if nothing else, this gives them an opportunity to find out whether those receivers are worth building on going forward.

The fact is, the Jets just don't have a lot of production in their wide receiver corps right now, but instead of trying to immediately add that production in free agency, they should foster that production with their young players, and hope for the best with their long-term growth.

Here are some more updates from around the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News gives a preview of the upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers with Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 Sportsradio writes that Bills head coach Chan Gailey is giving defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt his full support.


Miami Dolphins

Sean Donovan of AFC East Daily takes a second look at Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's performance against the Cardinals blitz.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post goes in-depth with the Dolphins tendencies, snap counts and more observations after re-watching the game against the Cardinals.


New York Jets

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus takes a second look at Jets-49ers, pointing out that the Jets offensive line has regressed along with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Stephen Hunter of The Sports Geek Jets blog takes a deeper look at Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson's bad day against the 49ers.


New England Patriots

Mike Dussault of updated his 2012 defensive analysis, and points out the Patriots were in some form of sub package on 58 of their 71 snaps (81.7 percent). That's an astonishing number.

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe lists his top five and bottom five Patriots players from Sunday's game against the Bills.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.