Jets learn a valuable lesson due to wide receiver injuries
By Jason Rodriguez
With Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson out due to injuries, the New York Jets are in major trouble at wide receiver.
The injury bug has hit the New York Jets hard with many of the players being out on both sides of the football. One big area of the team it has hurt the most is in the wide receiver area which isn’t good for the development of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. When Quincy Enunwa went down due to injury, it put a lot of attention on Robby Anderson and it seemed to be difficult for the both of them to get on the same page.
The Jets depth for wide receivers is very slim and very inexperienced as this past weekend, every part of that showed when the Jets passing game couldn’t get anything going. The loss of Enunwa and Anderson is tough because they are the two top playmakers and it allows the Jets to open things up offensively. With the loss of both of his playmakers, Darnold has completed less than 50 percent of his passes.
Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has to find a solution and they need to come out firing until his two key pieces get back from injury. When they are on the field, the Jets offense tends to click but their lack of quality depth behind them is horrifying.
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This all stems on general manager Mike Maccagnan and the fact that he hasn’t had many good middle to late round draft picks. As a matter of fact, the draft picks he’d had at wide receiver didn’t pan out and are pretty much out of the league.
The loss of Enunwa and Anderson is a glaring problem as the Jets are far from being a playoff contender due to not having enough offensive playmakers that can get the job done. The Jets offense is a complete disaster and shows that when starters are hurt and don’t play, they don’t have the talent to be competitive.
This directly hits Darnold where it hurts as one can only imagine what his confidence level is like playing with subpar talent in his rookie season that is supposed to all be about development and progress. Hopefully, this is a lesson learned by Maccagnan to always have talent from the top to bottom of the depth chart for events like this where star players are out for a significant amount of football games.