When the Jets opened up the 2012 campaign, the receiving corps lacked depth and had no definite No. 2 receiver to help Santonio Holmes.
When he went down with a foot injury in Week 4, the team had no go-to receiver, and the most experienced receiver with the Jets was Jeremy Kerley, who was just beginning his second season.
Perhaps not having a go-to guy on the outside is the reason for Mark Sanchez's struggles with accuracy and timing.
With Holmes in the lineup for the first four games, Sanchez threw five touchdowns to four interceptions. In the remaining 12 games without Holmes, Sanchez threw eight touchdowns to 14 interceptions.
When Holmes returns in 2013, he may be reunited with Braylon Edwards, should the Jets re-sign him.
In the 2010-11 season, Holmes and Edwards were a formidable duo and allowed Sanchez to make strides in his second year. Sanchez threw a career-low 13 interceptions and recorded his best QBR at 48.0, which is definitely because of his chemistry with Holmes and Edwards.
Should the Jets let Edwards leave, again, just having Holmes for a full season would definitely give Sanchez a boost in confidence.
Sanchez had his best statistical season with Santonio Holmes as the team's No. 1 receiver in 2011. He threw a career-high 26 touchdowns and had a career-best completion percentage at 56.7 percent.