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The 'C' word -- catches, not captains

The Jets' wide receivers (well, one of them anyway) made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Let's put that aside for a moment and focus on what they're paid to do -- catch the football. Here's a 2011 breakdown of the pass catchers, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

Player --- Rec. -- Target -- Drops -- Pct. -- YAC

Keller ...... 65 ...... 116 .......... 3 ......... 56.0 ...... 4.92

Holmes .... 51 ...... 102 .......... 2 ........ 50.0 ..... 3.78

Burress...... 45 ....... 97 .......... 3 ........ 46.4 ..... 3.58

Tomlinson .. 42 ...... 61 .......... 3 ........ 68.9 ..... 9.31

Greene ...... 30 ....... 41 .......... 2 ........ 73.2 ..... 6.93

Kerley ........ 29 ....... 46 .......... 1 ......... 63.0 .....3.69

BACKUPS

McKnight ... 13 ...... 18 .......... 0 ........ 72.2 ....... 9.08

Mason ....... 13 ...... 21 ........... 1 ........ 61.9 ...... 3.15

Turner ........ 8 ....... 15 ........... 1 ........ 53.3 ...... 3.00

Mulligan ..... 5 ........ 8 ............ 0 ........ 62.5 ...... 8.20

Baker .......... 3 ........ 4 ........... 0 ........ 75.0 ...... 4.67

Cumberland . 2 ...... 5 ............1 ........ 40.0 ...... 8.00

Conner ....... 2 ........ 5 ........... 1 ........ 40.0 ...... 4.50

Powell ........ 1 ........ 1 ........... 0 ....... 100.0 ..... 2.00

Slauson ...... 1 ........ 1 ........... 0 ....... 100.0 ..... 5.00

Analysis: The completion percentages are low, especially for Holmes and Burress. Obviously, some of that goes on QB Mark Sanchez, but it also shows an inability to consistently separate from defenders ... There's an alarming lack of explosiveness among the wideouts. In 2010, Holmes made several big plays after the catch, but he averaged only 3.78 yards-after-catch, very low for a starting receiver ... Impressive YAC total for Keller; it ranked ninth among tight ends ... Also an impressive YAC total for Tomlinson; it ranked 13th among running backs. But, remember, he was only a part-time player ... For a rookie, Kerley was very reliable as a slot receiver ... ESPN Stats is conservative on "drops" -- it has to be fairly blatant for it to count as a drop. The Jets were one of the more surhanded teams in the league, ranking seventh in fewest drops ... Clearly, they needed to make LG Matt Slauson a bigger part of the passing attack. (Joking ... I think.)