New York Jets: Who will standout at WR?
With the Devin Smith injury just a few days into training camp, the New York Jets and their depth at the receiver position will truly be tested. Smith according to head coach Todd Bowles will be out at least through the rest of training camp and the entirety of the preseason.
“He’s out a couple of weeks obviously. Anywhere from four to six weeks, hopefully he comes back sooner than that. It gives the other guys opportunities to play. These type of things happen. It was a freak accident. We’ll try to get him back as fast as we can, but we want him to be healthy. But the other guys, it gives us a good chance to look at them.” via New York Jets Quotes: Todd Bowles speaks on Devin Smith article by Luis Tirado Jr.
One of those other guys comes via a rookie minicamp tryout back in early May, Jarrod West. An undrafted free agent from Syracuse university; he’s got decent size (6’2, 204 pounds) and hopes to make an impact as a late addition to the 90-man roster. West now becomes the 14th receiver on the Jets 2015 training camp roster.
One receiver I’ve been vying for since last season is Chris Owusu, the Smith injury creates more opportunity for these bottom of the roster guys to make their mark. Finally, Owusu is turning that raw potential into production. One of the things Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News took away from the first couple days of camp is that Owusu means business.
“Ow Ow Ow. Chris Owusu was impressive. Early in practice the wide receiver beat Antonio Cromartie on a deep go route up the left sideline and caught a long pass from Geno Smith. Todd Bowles called him a “steady player. He’s one of the guys that flies under the radar.”
The burning question on the minds of Jets fans around the world is how many roster spots will be dedicated to the receiver position. I called into Jets Talk Live a few days ago and asked Senior Reporter Eric Allen and new Team Reporter Jamir Howerton about the receiver position. They agreed with my thoughts on Owusu and their initial thoughts seem to be the Jets will keep six guys.
I’d also look for a special teams ace like T.J. Graham to make a run for one of those final two roster spots. He has electric speed but questionable hands, so he’ll have to prove his worth. The Smith injury is disappointing as it would be for any rookie that has to miss training camp time.
But that is what training camp is all about. hope for the best, expect the worst. What do you guys think? Who should make the team beyond Marshall, Decker, Kerley, and D. Smith? Share your thoughts in the comments below as to which receiver you think is going to break from the pack.
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