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Cooling Their Jets on Plaxico

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The Jets' interest in signing Plaxico Burress may be waning:

The Jets' interest in Burress has dissipated in the wake of their three-day veterans minicamp last week in which quarterback-turned-wide receiver Brad Smith and special teams ace Wallace Wright were impressive enough to ease the organization's concerns.

Smith's performance was especially encouraging. Wide receivers coach Henry Ellard thinks the former Missouri star has a bright future at the position after being a jack-of-all-trades in his first three seasons.

Although wide receiver David Clowney was a mild disappointment during the camp, the club remains intrigued with his speed.

The Jets believe that Smith, Wright and Clowney, coupled with steady veteran Jerricho Cotchery and underrated slot guy Chansi Stuckey, can get the job done by committee.

Furthermore, the club regards tight end Dustin Keller as a big wide receiver who can stretch the field and take advantage of mismatches with linebackers.

Coach Rex Ryan has repeatedly said he feels the Jets can win with their current corps of wide receivers. His formula for success is his defense, offensive line and running game.


Does anybody else remember how content the Jets said they were at quarterback when Kellen Clemens was lighting up the minicamp right before the Draft? Just because they want to focus on the ground game does not mean the team will just pass up an upgrade at receiver if it becomes available.

I do want Plaxico, but I trust the front office has a plan in place. The night before the Draft, reports leaked that Arizona would deal Anquan Boldin for a second round pick. I openly questioned why the Jets had not made that deal already, not realizing plans were in the works for the team to use that second rounder in a trade for Mark Sanchez.

Burress is one option. He is a good one, but there are other fish in the sea.