Jets’ Chansi Stuckey and Brad Smith Battle to Start at Receiver
At this time the Jets are primed to be a heavy run offense as they are now with two young unproven quarterbacks on the team. Not only will the Jets be without Brett Favre this season but they also lost veteran receiver Laveranues Coles to the Bengals this off-season as well.
With this void in the passing game the Jets young quarterbacks will no doubt lean on No.1 receiver Jerricho Cotchery and 2nd year tight end Dustin Keller. Leon Washington and Thomas Jones are also very capable options out of the back field for this team as well.
The three receivers are as follow in Chansi Stuckey, Brad Smith and David Clowney. While all of these receivers have not proven a lot in the NFL they are all talented. What I like about them all is that every one of them are at least starting their third season (Brad Smith is in his 4th) as receivers in the NFL.
Ready To Breakout?
Usually by the third season of a receivers career they tend to breakout and put it together at the NFL level. So one has to believe that if any of these receivers is going to breakout and establish themselves, this is the time to do it.
At this point in time reports out of the Jets camp is that Chansi Stuckey is the early favorite to start along side Jerricho Cotchery. To me I believe he will end up winning the job for week one, because he is the most established receiver of the three so far in his career.
Last season in as the No.3 receiver on the team Chansi had 32 receptions for 359 yards and 3 touchdowns.
While Stuckey is probably the least explosive receiver of the three wide outs he is the more complete receiver as far as pass catching skills and route running.
Brad Smith and David Clowney are interesting players in that if they can figure out how to play at this level they both could do some damage in the NFL.
Smith is maybe not a speed burner but he does weigh in at an nice frame of 6’2 and 210 pounds. With a frame like that he instantly will be a target inside the red zone for the passing game as Clowney and Stuckey are both 6 foot and under 200 pounds.
David Clowney is no doubt the fastest man on the field for this team in the passing game and when he gets his hands on the ball, look out!
Unfortunately for Clowney reports are that he still has issues catching the football and is not the greatest route runner.
Fantasy Football Information on the Jets Receivers
Right now Jerricho Cotchery is the only receiver on this team worth drafting at your fantasy football draft. Dustin Keller is also very draft worthy but he is a tight end. Look for Jerricho as a nice mid round pick at your fantasy football draft and you will have him at good value.
As far as Chansi, David and Brad we all need to see which receiver will win the No.2 job by the start of the season. If you have a late draft in September then maybe you can role the dice on the receiver that wins the job to start the season.
Other then that we need to see which ever quarterback that starts, be it Mark Sanchez or Kellen Clemens show they can be effective on the football field in 2009. If either of these quarterbacks listed above start lighting up the score board then I would take a look at grabbing the hot receiver of the three listed above.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com