With the 16th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jets selected North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, and the reaction was mixed from some 3,500 Jets fans on hand at MetLife Stadium. While some cheered, others booed, with hopes of Melvin Ingram heading to New York shattered. It’s been chaos and excitement surrounding the draft, for all but one, who says his focus is elsewhere.
After signing autographs and ingratiating himself with a new set of fans, former Oakland Raider and newest Jets receiver Chaz Schilens said, “I’m not thinking about the draft; this is an opportunity to bring my slightly more aggressive style of play to New York. Getting to the playoffs is the goal.”
After logging plenty of hours of catch already with his new quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, Schilens said the two compliment each other. He continued, “Tim’s a really good dude. Mark’s the guy and Tim’s learning the system, like I am. They aren’t rivals, we’re all working hard, every day.”
The Jets are incredibly thin behind Santonio Holmes at wideout. Jeremy Kerley is a slot receiver only, and free agent Plaxico Burress isn’t likely to come back. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Schilens — who had 72 receptions for 902 yards in four seasons with Oakland — is ready to make an impact, with either quarterback.
– Rebecca Haarlow