This could be just what the doctor ordered. It is a general consensus within The Nation that we should pick up a veteran receiver to help our young receiver corp mature and grow into the players we hope they can be. Finding a veteran who isn't broke down with injuries or who isn't a locker room cancer is hard to find at this stage in the game, but not impossible. To get down to their 75 man roster, the Jets just released Coles. Laveranues Coles began his career with the jets and had stops in Washington and Cincinnati before being picked up by the Jets again. His numbers are not half of fame worthy but they are good enough to warrant consideration on our part.
One of the most important points is that he is HEALTHY on top of being in shape and polished. The only problem I foresee is that he has stated that he doesn't want to be a journeyman receiver. (kinda too late for that isn't it?) Although he will give the Jets a shot at adding him back after the first regular season game, he isn't interested in playing for another team unless they make him an offer he can't refuse. (who is dude....the godfather?) See his quote below.
"I think I'm done," Coles told The Star-Ledger on Sunday. "I don't want to become one of those journeyman football players. I don't need the money. Coach (Ryan) said I was doing well and they want to bring me back after the first game but I don't know. I don't think that's something I want to do.
"But I feel good. I can still run. I can still play. I feel good about myself and that's a good thing. It's just part of the business. The guys told me I still got it. It was tough not getting a lot of reps, but I understood they had to get the first-team guys ready."
"Unless someone gives me an offer I can't refuse, I think I'm done," Coles told the newspaper. "I have my health and I'm thankful for that. I'll talk to the Jets if they call, but right now I think I'm done."
Antonio Bryant is available, but is an injury risk. Sam Hurd from the Cowboys is available too and is only 25 years old. Other teams who need receivers are inquiring about Hurd already. We may want to consider him as an option too. Vincent Jackson could be an option but no way will he go to a division rival. Bottom line, put Chaz Schillens on the PUP list and go into the season with Murphy, DHB, "RCVR NOT ON ROSTER YET", Jacoby Ford, Nick Miller and J. Higgins.
We've gotta do something to help that receiver group if we expect to seriously contend / win the AFC West this year.
What other viable receiver options are out there that haven't been mentioned that we need to take a look at Raider Nation? Do you like any of the aforementioned suggestions? Lets get some commentary on the subject.
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