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The dynamic duo: Coles (left) and Moss (right)
The Jets wide-receiving corps actually seems a little bit weaker in this all-millennium team than it was in 2010. However, with the four different styles of the four targets, this group is pretty stellar in a way. I'm going to look at them each individually, then as a team:
1. Laveranues Coles: A tough possession receiver not afraid to go all out. He had six seasons out of 10 with above 70 catches. Only twice did he have less than four TD receptions. He'll never be considered elite, but a serviceable No.1 or No.2 wide receiver. With the Jets: four years out of seven he surpassed 70 receptions; besides his rookie year, he averaged 950 rec. yards as a Jet.
2. Santana Moss: A vertical threat with surefire home run ability. Although he only spent three seasons with the Jets, he averaged 800 receiving yards, and his track record as a Redskin is great: he had eight consecutive seasons with at least 750 receiving yards. A great deep threat to be thrown into the corps.
3. Jerricho Cotchery: I was choosing between him and the classiest Jet, Wayne Chrebet, but overall I just had to go with J-Cotch. He gave it all on every single play in every single game. He caught a pass by turning around, diving backwards, all with a severely injured back. In his five seasons starting, he averaged 850 receiving yards. He would be a tremendously valuable slot receiver for Chad Pennington.
4. Braylon Edwards: Lanky run blocker who is an undeniable deep threat. He was really getting a rapport and improving until the Jets refused to re-sign him. Instead of giving him $2 million per year (what he received in San Francisco) they paid Santonio Holmes $10 million per year. That move still bothers me. In one full season as a Jet, he showed great run blocking, a nose for the end zone (seven TDs) and some beautiful facial hair. He'd be a huge asset to this all-millennium team that sorely needs height.
Honorable Mentions: Wayne Chrebet (not enough statistical output in the 2000s to gain a spot), Santonio Holmes (We're trying not to have a team of overpaid babies).