The New York Jets don’t want to throw too much at new wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and so they’re lining him up in organized team activities at the easiest position for him to learn.
In the opinion of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, that’s the X receiver spot.
“The easiest position in football to learn is the X,” Schottenheimer told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “There’s not as much to think about.”
The X receiver lines up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the formation, and it’s a position where it’s fairly easy for a receiver to remember where he’s supposed to line up. The slot receiver, on the other hand, lines up all over the place, and Schottenheimer wants a player who’s been in his system a little longer to do that.
“The guy in the slot is the guy that moves a lot,” Schottenheimer told Mehta. “He’s all over the place. So Jerricho [Cotchery] can obviously handle that, because he’s been here. We’re trying to make it real basic for [Holmes] right now.”