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Elijah McGuire expected to miss six weeks

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets celebrates with Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 3, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets celebrates with Jermaine Kearse #10 of the New York Jets after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 3, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Running back Elijah McGuire has been confirmed with a broken foot injury that will require surgery. He’s expected to miss about six weeks of action.

Unfortunately for running back Elijah McGuire, he will require surgery to heal a broken foot injury he suffered in New York Jets training camp. It’s a shame since McGuire had high expectations heading into his second year with the Jets.

Last year, McGuire had shown some signs of potential as he transitioned to the pros in his rookie season. In 2017, McGuire totaled 315 rushing yards, 88 rushes, and one touchdown. McGuire also scored a touchdown as a receiving option, showing his ability to develop into a dual-threat offensive player.

McGuire started off training camp well but in just his second day, suffered the injury as a result of planting his feet awkwardly during a cutting motion when rushing with the football. McGuire was headed to the locker room and the results weren’t good.

Jets RB Eli McGuire (broken foot) is having surgery today. Expect him to be sidelined about six weeks. #Jets

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) July 30, 2018

Unfortunately, it likely won’t be until early to mid-September until McGuire is medically cleared to resume football activities. Hopefully, he’ll be able to return to form and pick up where he left off from last season as he’s eased back into things.

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McGuire has the potential to be a decent running back for the Jets but will have his work cut out for him once he returns. With Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls, and newly signed George Atkinson competing for a final roster spot, the competition will be a great one to watch all training camp long.

The Jets will likely keep three running backs on the depth chart to begin the season to ensure they have a balanced offensive attack. New offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will still have a version of the West Coast offense but has been vocal about establishing the run this upcoming season.

If everything falls into place, the Jets offense won’t be one-dimensional like it was last season and keep opposing defenses guessing as to what is coming next. It won’t be easy but a solid ground game can only help the short to medium passes that make up most of a West Coast offense.

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