Santonio Holmes has started more games this year than he did last year, but his statistics are much lower this year. Holmes has 37 receptions to 52 last year and 494 yards to 746 last year.
While it would be easy to blame Mark Sanchez for the receiver's demise, the truth is that Sanchez is still the same quarterback that he was last year. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe that Sanchez has ever been capable of carrying the offense in New York.
The Jets have a worse offense than they had last year, as their offensive line, running backs and receivers aren't as good as they were previously.
Shonn Greene's inability to develop into a feature back and Ladanian Tomlinson's decline, coupled with Joe McKnight's general confusion and apathy, forced the Jets to be a passing team. The problem is, the Jets don't have the tools to be a passing team either.
Santonio Holmes is the only real threat that the Jets have at wide receiver. Plaxico Burress may have already caught as many touchdown passes as Braylon Edwards did all of last year, but he doesn't present as much of a matchup problem as Edwards did, despite his drops.
The release of Derrick Mason, who was never going to work out anyway, has left the team with Jeremy Kerley as the team's third receiver. Compared to Brad Smith, Jerricho Cotchery, Edwards and Holmes last year, it is simple to double team Holmes now and take care of the Jets' other receivers with ease.