Stuckey continues to shine in camp
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Chansi Stuckey

Posted Aug 8, 2007

The absence of Darrelle Revis, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding the Jets receivers behind Laveranues Coles and Jerrico Cotchery, has presented seventh-round draft choice Chansi Stuckey the chance to make a quick impact.

And it looks like he is doing just that.

Stuckey, a two-time All-ACC selection, has been impressive thus far, turning heads with his athletic play and agile feet. The latter being a solid indicator that the broken bone in his foot, the one that led to slow combine 40 times, is fully healed.

It isn't often that a seventh round draft choice has a great chance to make the roster, let alone see playing time. However, the Jets need someone to step into the slot wide receiver role and provide Chad Pennington with production underneath.

With Stuckey's ability to break tackles and shift gears in open space, he just may evolve into that guy. Additionally, he has benefited from the absence of Revis as he has seen added work on the punt return unit.

It's going to be interesting to see how the battle for the third wide receiver slot unfolds during camp.

Rumors surrounding the departure of Justin McCareins were rampant during the off-season and although it appears the team is content with keeping him, his role remains uncertain. Tim Dwight is lingering on the PUP list. There are a slew of other candidates in the mix for the position. Amongst them is the versatile Brad Smith, Frisman Jackson and former basketball player Jesse Pellot-Rosa.

Nearly two weeks into camp, Stuckey has made as compelling an argument for his case as anyone else.

The main obstacle he will have to overcome is the inherently steep rookie learning curve that accompanies the transition to the pro game.

"I just think about how far I have come since we first started," said Stuckey. "[The playbook] is something that you have to keep studying, you have to continue studying every night so when something's called, it clicks."

Early on, he has demonstrated that he possesses the athleticism to play at the pro level. However, his immediate impact will largely be determined by his ability to grasp the Jets complex playbook and prove to the coaching staff that he can handle the mental aspects that follow.

Stuckey will see his first game action Friday night when the Jets play host to the Atlanta Falcons at the Meadowlands.

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