The New York Jets really need to add another quality wide receiver to the roster, as Stephen Hill continues to show no sign of progress after an offseason plagued with drops. Hill’s route-running is also probably still a major work in progress, and he looked invisible at times in his rookie year. Couple that with Santonio Holmes’s severe Lisfranc injury that has been very slow to heal, and it looks like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland are the only capable pass-catchers on the team that are in good health. Kellen Winslow Jr. is a solid receiving tight end when healthy, but he is almost never healthy.
Austin Collie is also in the boat as somebody who is almost never healthy, but he would be a big upgrade to the Jets if he can get over the concussion issues. Adam Schefter reports that the Jets are working out Collie today, and he also received workouts from the New England Patriots (I highly doubt the Pats sign him) and the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.
Although Collie’s health is obviously a big question mark, the 27-year-old is unquestionably a top-flight slot receiver when healthy. He does an excellent job of moving the chains and making difficult catches, and he would be a great fit and upgrade for a Jets pass offense that lacks quality receivers. The Jets will continue to search for answers at the wide receiver position in the form of workouts, and it will be interesting to see if Collie can make a comeback whether it be with the Jets, 49ers, Patriots, or some other team. I’m definitely rooting for health and success for Collie, because it is awful seeing how concussions have derailed his career. It’s a testament to Collie’s determination that they have not ended his career either.