With all signs pointing to receiver Santonio Holmes being done for the season and with several big-name free-agent receivers on the market, it makes sense to wonder whether the Jets would try to replace Holmes with someone like Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, or Plaxico Burress.
On Monday’s edition of ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), Rex didn’t rule anyone one.
“I think right now, with the way Mike Tannenbaum is and the scouting department, we look at all the possibilities and things, but I think the big thing, hopefully we can get Stephen Hill back soon and we think he is player with a bright future,” Ryan said. “We gotta get him back on that field. I like the way Chaz Schilens is playing. You look at Clyde Gates. Clyde Gates is learning the system and I think he is going to give us a little more and there’s a guy with world-class speed and I like the way Jeremy Kerley is playing, too. Hopefully we can get Stephen back soon and hopefully we get Santonio Holmes back sooner rather than later and I’ll feel good about it. I think we’ll all feel good about our receiving corps, but certainly we look at every possibility.”
As Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has reported, the Jets aren’t likely to bring back Burress. There’s no indication, publicly or privately, as to whether they’d be interested in Owens or Johnson.
The good news for Johnson is that he wouldn’t have to worry about Darrelle Revis shutting him down in practice. Then again, given the way Johnson has performed in recent years, Revis possibly could cover him on one leg.