Now that Santonio Holmes is out for an unknown amount of time with an unknown injury that is apparently taking eleventy billion years to disagnose (Update: Holmes has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury), the Jets are left with next to no offensive playmakers, aside from Dustin Keller and his one healthy hamstring, Jeremy Kerley, and…yeah.
After taking a few days to think things over, the Jets have emerged with a solution to all of their problems.
#1. Adding Cornerback Aaron Berry, who agreed to a 2-year deal with the Jets on Monday morning. Berry was released from the Lions (because their secondary doesn’t need ANY help) this summer after he was arrested twice and suspended for three games.
The addition of Berry will revert Kyle Wilson back where he belongs (?) in the slot and trade RB Joe McKnight back to the offense, where he will play approximately 3 snaps and contribute nothing for reasons I have yet to understand.
#2. Signing former Dolphins running back/fullback Lex Hilliard (the team announced the move this afternoon). Hilliard was a sixth round draft pick for the Dolphins in 2008. He signed with the Vikings as an URFA this spring, was waived by the team and later signed to the Patriots. The Patriots waived him in in mid-September.
Here’s what this tells me: John Conner is pretty injured and/or they have finally realized he isn’t very good. While we need a wide receiver more, a Ground and Pound offense (if you can even call it that anymore) also needs a reliable fullback. Not sure that Hilliad will provide that – as Sparano didn’t seem to keen on using him all that much in Miami – but at least he knows Hilliard’s skill set.
3. Re-signed wide receiver Jordan White to the practice squad. Unfortunately, White won’t be able to offer much help now, but I’d like to keep him on the PS for the future.
4. The Jets waived wide receiver Patrick Turner from the active roster and DB Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad to make room for Berry and Hilliard because, ya know, they won’t place Revis on IR (for the Super Bowl run!).
That means the Jets will face the Houston Texans on Monday with Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley and a hopefully healthy Stephen Hill playing wide receiver. And if Hill can’t go they have….Clyde Gates. Sign.me. up, you guys.
Many have suggested the Jets consider re-adding Plaxico Burress (anonymous source), T.O. (too old, can’t catch a cold) or Chad Ochocinco (I guess he’s the least offensive option) to help out the offense. Not sure if I believe either of these three will “help” out, but with few alternatives, I can’t say that I don’t see something like this happening.
Remember that one time Mike Tannenbaum said something about a Labor day mini-draft? Oh, LOL.