Jets' challenge at WR: Find a partner for Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker

Breaking down the New York Jets' roster, unit by unit, in preparation for training camp:

Position: Wide receiver

Projected starters: Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa.

Projected reserves: Kenbrell Thompkins, Jalin Marshall, Devin Smith (PUP).

Notable on the bubble: Charone Peake, Jeremy Ross, Kyle Williams.

Top storyline: The Jets know what they have in Decker and Brandon Marshall, among the top tandems in the NFL, so the story in camp will be everyone not named Decker and Marshall. There's a big falloff to the No. 3 position, and that's no small matter because the Jets live in three-receiver packages. Right now, the player at the top of the second tier is Enunwa, who came out of nowhere last season to finish with 22 receptions. He has potential as an inside receiver/quasi-tight end, but he must cut down on the drops -- five dropped passes in only 45 targets. The well-traveled Thompkins complements Decker and Marshall because he can play on the outside, allowing Decker to slide inside to the slot, where he dominated at times last season. Neither Thompkins nor Enunwa has breakaway speed.

Player to watch: Maybe we should re-name this "Weight to Watch." Marshall revealed last month that coach Todd Bowles wants him to drop a few pounds, getting his weight under 230. Marshall was hardly out of shape last season. He set the franchise record for catches (109) and receiving yards (1,502). In fact, he became only the third player in NFL history to have at least 100 catches and 1,500 yards at the age of 31 or older. The others were Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Andre Johnson. It was a great year for Marshall, who is battling the best shutdown corner of them all, Father Time. Losing a few pounds can only make him better.

Training camp will be a success if ...: Marshall and Decker are healthy and happy (see: Fitzpatrick, Ryan) and one of the kid receivers -- Peake, Jalin Marshall or Robby Anderson -- plays well enough to make the final 53. They will help their chances if they can excel in the return game. Anderson is one of the fastest players on the team. Marshall was a productive kick returner at Ohio State.

Wild card: Smith, seven months removed from major knee surgery, is expected to begin camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Chances are, he won't be ready by the start of the season, which means a minimum six weeks on PUP. He's an important part of the puzzle, because he brings much-needed home-run potential to the passing game.

By the numbers: For all their success last season, the Jets' receivers could've done a better job of gaining yards after the catch. The Jets finished with 1,895 yards, ranking 15th in the league, per ESPN Stats & Information.