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New York Jets Need a Big Play WR: Not Randy Moss

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets reacts during their 2011 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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John ReevesContributor IIApril 20, 2011

Randy Moss to the New York Jets?

 

The New England Patriots got rid of Randy Moss when he was no longer an asset to the team. A short second stint in Minnesota proved he was done. Anyone who might have thought otherwise, well just look at what he did for the Tennessee Titans.

New York could swoop in and pick him up, but if you ask me, that would be a horrible idea. Rex Ryan's renegade style of coaching would only fuel Moss in the most negative way imaginable. The Patriots used Moss the best they could in the twilight of his career.

I know they'd like to stick it to New England, and find success where the Patriots, Vikings and Titans were unable to get it. To Jets fans that sounds incredible, but it would never work, and could do more harm than good. The Jets need a wide receiver. However, they don't need Randy Moss.

 

Who Should the Jets Get at WR?

 

The Jets are a playoff caliber team, but Mark Sanchez needs a big play WR to make a Super Bowl appearance. Neither Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes was the big play, elite, number one receiver. Unless they can trade up into the top 10 in the draft, then they won't get a franchise receiver there either.

 

Top 15 Free Agent Wide Receivers

 

1) Vincent Jackson

2) Sidney Rice

3) Santonio Holmes

4) Braylon Edwards

5) Steve Smith

 

There isn't a solid number one option available. However, two of their free agent receivers make up the top five. I think it goes without saying they should resign Holmes and Edwards if possible, but also try to get another one of these top five guys.

 

6) Malcom Floyd

7) Terrell Owens

8) Mike Williams

9) Randy Moss

10) James Jones

 

Everyone 6-10 will want to be paid starting money, and I'm not sure you can make a case for them getting paid top receiver money. All of them have something to prove before even thinking about a large contract. The bottom half of my top 10 might struggle to find a solid No. 3 spot.

 

11) TJ. Houshmandzadeh

12) Early Doucet

13) Mike Sims-Walker

14) Mark Clayton

15) Santana Moss

 

There is nobody listed 11-15 that I actually think could make the Jets a better team. These are solid No.3 receivers, they could replace a Brad Smith complimentary receiver, but none of these guys have proven to be game changers. The Jets need to fill the position.

 

The Draft at Wide Receiver

 

There's A.J. Green and Julio Jones, and after that there are no future stars in the draft. However, there are five guys that might be diamonds in the ruff.

 

1) Lance Hankerson - Miami (FL)

2) Greg Little - UNC

3) Titus Young - Boisie St.

4) Torrey Smith - Maryland

5) Randall Cobb - Kentucky

 

At the college level these guys showed big play ability, and there could be a solid No.2 surprise out of these receivers. The Jets have to take one of these guys, if for nothing more than filling the need at the position. There are many writers, fans and scouts that believe Hankerson could be as good as Green and Jones.

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