Overall health is a major concern for the New York Jets as the roster contains a number of key players who have an injury-riddled past.
It has become clear that the current roster of the New York Jets has a lot of talent on both sides of the football, but injuries could potentially derail the team. There are a good number of key players on the roster who could be susceptible to a significant injury at any time.
At almost every positional group, the Jets have at least one older player who has had injury issues in the past. Veterans such as offensive tackle Ryan Clady, running back Matt Forte, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, and cornerback Darrelle Revis have all dealt with significant injury issues at points in their career. The medical staff of the Jets will have to do an even better job than they did last season to keep these contributors healthy.
One of the main places that the Jets will need to avoid injury at is with their offensive line. This is due to a clear lack of depth and (unfortunately) talent in the offensive trenches. There are quite a few players on the line who have had injury problems as well.
Clady is coming off a completely missed 2015-2016 season due to a torn ACL along with center Nick Mangold who missed a few games last year due to injury, and offensive guard Brian Winters who suffered a torn ACL two seasons ago. The Jets can not afford to let any of these players go down.
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The Jets also have a slew of “injury-prone” players at their skill positions.
If one of these players were to be lost for the season, the Jets could be in big trouble.
Defensively, the injury concerns of the Jets may not be quite as big, but there are still some players to watch out for. Defensive secondary members Revis, safety Calvin Pryor and cornerback Marcus Williams all suffered respective injuries last season.
The team is already lacking some depth in the secondary (particularly at corner), and it would hurt to see some of the players aforementioned go down. If the Jets’ defense is going to maintain its status as top five in the league, they will need to stay relatively healthy.
As surprising as it may be, injuries could even be somewhat of an issue on special teams. Last season, kicker Nick Folk ended up being placed on the injured reserve list due to a quad injury. This led to the signing of kicker Randy Bullock, and we all know how that turned out.
All things considered, the medical staff of the Jets will need to have a great performance this upcoming season. The Jets certainly have a great deal of potential but they will need to stay healthy in order to fully fulfill it.