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The New York Jets' WR quandary

1/19/2011
The Jets might not be able to afford to keep both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger/Getty Images

Adam Schefter often answers reader questions in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: With both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes having big games against the New England Patriots on Sunday, what do you think the New York Jets will do in the offseason since neither of them is under contract for next year. Can they afford to keep both of them?

-- Nancy (Queens, N.Y.)

A: Nancy: They have to find a way to try to keep both, but it will not be easy. Both players are going to want to cash in, though other teams might balk at paying the premium prices both players want, given their off-field issues. It wouldn't surprise me if the Jets lost one of those wide receivers, especially if they entertain the notion of bringing in Plaxico Burress. The Jets considered it last year, and they could again if they lose one of their wideouts.


Q: How much talking do you expect the Jets to do before this matchup, compared to the Patriots game? It seems like you wouldn't want to give bulletin-board material to a Pittsburgh Steelers defense.

-- Alex (Reno, Nev.)

A: It didn't hurt the Jets last week, did it, Alex? The Jets already have adopted a much softer stance this week, though. Rex Ryan has praised Mike Tomlin as one of his favorite coaches in the league; the Jets players have raved about Ben Roethlisberger. I think the Jets spoke out last week out of frustration from being embarrassed in New England earlier this season. This week, they know the opportunity in front of him. At some point, someone might say something that winds up on the back page of New York's tabloids. But the Jets' tone this week already has been different from last week's.


Q: Most of the Baltimore Ravens' points came off of short fields after Steelers turnovers. Do you think the Jets offense is capable of sustaining long drives against the Steelers defense?

-- Steve (Stamford, Conn.)

A: It will be tougher to do, Steve, no doubt about that. One of the advantages the Jets had in the last game against Pittsburgh was that Brad Smith started them with a kick return touchdown and a 7-0 lead -- nice to be able to play with something like that. The Jets will have to find a way to sustain drives but, more importantly, will have to find a way to score. The Jets know the deal: No defense is tougher to get a sustained drive against than Pittsburgh.


Q: Why isn't anyone talking about Mark Sanchez's performance against the Patriots? Three TDs, no INTs from a second-year quarterback? Has he finally turned the corner?

-- Reina (N.Y.)

A: Reina, I think everyone has been saluting Sanchez after this past weekend. Who hasn't? He's in the final four for the second straight year. He's 4-1, with his four playoff wins coming on the road against Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals, Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and Tom Brady and the Patriots. It's tough to do much better than that. I promise you this: Any team and player that wins Sunday is going to get mounds of credit for the next two weeks, leading up to the most covered event in sports, the Super Bowl.