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By Kevin Fishbain

Plaxico Burress made headlines without saying much at the Super Bowl. His comments to the New York Post, such as "Mark Sanchez is Mark Sanchez" and "the Jets locker room is the Jets locker room" seemed to confirm that his days as a Jet are done.

In his first NFL season since 2008, Burress had 45 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. He never had more than five receptions in a game.

With Tony Sparano taking over the offense, a wealth of receivers is not a high priority. Looking at the depth behind Santonio Holmes, the Jets' staff was impressed with WR Patrick Turner, who is similar in size to Burress at 6-5, 220 pounds. Turner made a couple clutch catches and showed well as a blocker, something Burress also was adept at, but he had only eight receptions all season. Coincidentally, Turner was a third-round pick by Sparano and the Dolphins in '09, but never panned out in South Florida and was cut. Rookie Jeremy Kerley played well out of the slot. He had nine catches for 107 yards in the last two games of the season.

Behind Kerley, though, there is not much depth. Logan Payne missed the entire 2011 season but is mainly a special-teams contributor. Assuming Burress dons a different uniform in ’12, the Jets might need to draft another outside receiver for the offense. 

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