Addition of Sanchez Leaves Jets With Question Mark: Who Will He Throw To?

Carl Wronski Contributor IMay 27, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 22:  Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the New York Jets catches a pass under pressure from Paris Lenon #53 of the Detroit Lions on October 22, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The New York Jets were one of the NFL's busiest teams this off-season, bringing in an outspoken new head coach and a selection of his favorite former players. After making headlines in the draft for aggressively trading up on both days, Rex Ryan and company firmly declared their 'win now' aspirations. However, while the Jets have shored up many positions of need, there may still be cause for concern.

After the frenzy over Mark Sanchez's arrival began to calm, murmurs of pessimism began to arise. With the quarterback of the future in place, many began to question: who will he throw to?

The Jets maintain that they are content with their current group of receivers, on the other hand, the same was said about Kellen Clemens. While Jerricho Cotchery is all but cemented as the first option, the number two spot is anybody's guess at this point.

Baring any unforeseen trades or last minute signings, Chansi Stuckey would seem to be the most logical choice. After excelling last year in the slot, Stuckey is arguably the candidate most familiar with Brian Schottenheimer's offense with Brad Smith viewed as more of a match-up receiver.

An intriguing prospect is David Clowney. He sat out most of last season with injury after raising eyebrows in preseason. While an unknown commodity so far, Clowney has the speed and big play capability to complement Cotchery's possession style. If given a honest chance to compete, Clowney has the raw potential to become the deep threat the team has been missing since Santana Moss's departure.

Perhaps the Jets most dangerous receiving threat is not even a wide out but a tight end. Dustin Keller justified his draft position last year by emerging as a versatile weapon in the pass game. However, the position lacks depth and a clear starter. 

The Jets are going to be left with a void since Chris Baker bolted to the New England Patriots this offseason. While Keller has impressed with his ball skills, he is a liability as a blocker with the same being applicable for Bubba Franks, who has always been more of a receiving end.

This lack of depth is could be compounded by the run first offense Ryan plans to implement. This style will most likely feature two tight end sets with an emphasis on blocking, which could present a problem.

The Jets are now hoping for someone to step up and decidedly win the positions in camp. By adding a plethora of unsigned rookies they are hoping to find a diamond in the rough which is risky considering their playoff push. Then again, they could find the next Wayne Chrebet, who walked on the team and eventually became the starter for nearly a decade.