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Once the lockout came to an end, the Jets decided to make some critical switches at the wide receiver position, and with the exception of Santonio Holmes, brought in a whole new core of receivers.
Last year, the Jets had Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, and Braylon Edwards at the receiver position. To replace those players, the Jets decided to go with cheaper, yet efficient alternatives in Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Kerley.
So far, the new receiving core has worked to the Jets advantage. Plaxico Burress is going to be the go-to guy when the Jets are in the red zone and need to make passes. He has already made some pretty big catches, like his touchdown catch against Dallas during Week 1, which helped fuel the Jets great comeback. Also, Burress has been a great blocker, and often times his blocks have helped on big gains.
The 15-year veteran Derrick Mason is being looked at as Jericho Cotchery's replacement, and so far, he has been a great acquisition by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum. Mason has not had and probably will not have big plays like Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes will as the season goes on, but he is a great receiver when it comes to extending drives. He works for the extra yard and still has great hands, which could be seen when he made a great one-handed catch against the Raiders, which gave the Jets a first down.
Prior to training camp it seemed like the Jets were taking shots in the dark when they signed Burress and Mason to their roster, but the new receivers mixed with Santonio Holmes make for a dynamic trio that produces a very threatening aerial attack.