This post is quite regrettably yet still without sarcasm filed under “value mining.” In the nearly two-month existence of our now only new-ish fantasy leaning football talking space, that category is usually dedicated to finding gems that are at least partially hidden, or in some way discovering value where it didn’t otherwise exist on the waiver wire, or through trades.
Sadly, there’s a very real and very frightening possibility that Terrell Owens — who publicly prodded the Jets to employ him last night on Twitter — would be an upgrade over any receiver currently rostered by the Jets. That of course excludes Stephen Hill, the rookie who could return next week from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out for two games. But who ya got between a 38-year-old who was previously passed on by the Seahawks, or Clyde Gates and Jason Hill? The latter two names are the receivers signed by the Jets instead of Owens. They had a combined two receptions for 37 yards last night, and Hill had a glaring drop in the first quarter on a rare perfect spiral from the arm of the Tebow, a potentially momentum-swinging catch since anything Tebow does in a meaningful game is considered a heavenly feat of strength.
I’m not saying that a decaying and aging receiver is definitely better than Gates or Hill, or Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley, the two wideouts who were really, seriously Mark Sanchez’s top targets last night with Santonio Holmes gone for the year, and both Hill and Dustin Keller out again. I am saying that the mere fact that we can’t immediately laugh uproariously and rule Owens out is a fitting statement about how far the Jets’ offense has descended into the depths of historical embarrassment.