Stuckey wants to be solid No. 2 to Cotchery
It's almost impossible not to be aware of all the chatter.
"We are human and it's going to happen," Stuckey said. "It's part of the job, speculation and talking. But nothing really can be defined until the season starts. As a group, we feel good. Jerricho is our No. 1. He's been doing a great job of leading us and we just want to get behind him and jump on the train."
With Laveranues Coles gone to be Chad Ochocinco's sidekick in Cincinnati and the Jets needing essentially all their receivers to crank up their games a notch, Stuckey focused more on offseason training than he had the previous two seasons. The third-year receiver worked on strengthening his shoulder, chest, quadriceps and hamstring muscles.
"Even though I'm still considered a young guy, I didn't want to come into camp with a young-guy mentality," said Stuckey, who caught a pass for 5 yards in the Jets' preseason opener against the Rams last week. "The team is depending on me. The offense needs someone to step up. And I felt like I was one of the guys that could do that. So I came in with a more mature attitude - the attitude of a starter, should I say."
After missing the 2007 season with a foot injury, Stuckey played in 15 games last year, catching 32 passes for 359 yards. His most memorable catch was the 22-yard jump ball from Brett Favre on fourth-and-13 that he pulled down for a touchdown in the season opener in Miami.
He's looked good so far, catching the eye of Rex Ryan, who said, "Stuckey has had a great camp."
When the Jets have gone to multiple-wide-receiver looks in training camp, Stuckey has moved into the slot, a position in which he excelled last season. But his goal is to become more of an all-around receiver.
"I don't want to be pigeonholed into that,'' Stuckey said, "because people can get a good sense of what you are going to do all the time in the slot."
Notes & quotes: The Jets re-signed QB Chris Pizzotti on Friday less than a week after waiving him . . . Saturday's practice, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., is open to the public.