With the wide receiver position in deep flux, TE Dustin Keller said today that he was confident Mark Sanchez would adapt to whatever situation presented itself once free agent signings begin later this week.
The Jets, who have 16 unrestricted free agents, have three at WR: Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith. And, though they're likely to sign at least one, the $120 million salary cap (and the Jets' current $100 million payroll) means Sanchez can expect some significant changes.
"Mark has done a good job," Keller said. "Mark will do a good job if we get a new guy in there, getting him used to it, just like Santonio. [Holmes] missed four games and he came in and he and Mark were right on the same page immediately. One way or another, it's going to work out, but we prefer to have those guys back."
Keller added: "It's going to be a little weird, but hopefully, it's resolved by Sunday...I think to retain guys as best as possible would be important to us, [but] I don't think it's absolutely necessary."
Either way, Keller said to expect some growing pains, since the unorthodox off-season has meant that some players have yet to even receive a playbook.
"You hope that guys picked up a playbook the one day the lockout was lifted [in April]," he said. "That would be tough. When I was drafted, I was on the phone with my position coach every day...these guys are going to be playing some catch up."