New York Jets throw a few more players on IR, make football history

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The New York Jets continue to place players on injured reserve. Here’s how they made history in 2019 for all of the wrong reasons.

The New York Jets have placed 18 players on injured reserve in 2019 after adding offensive tackle Chuma Edoga and wide receiver Jeff Smith to the list on Tuesday evening.

In a corresponding move the Jets signed wide receiver Keon Hatcher to the practice squad and released C Ryan Crozier from the P-squad, per the team.

Edoga showed flashes and started eight games this season for the green and white. Although for as many flashes as he displayed, he also showed weaknesses (he allowed seven sacks which was second most on the team) and per ESPN’s Rich Cimini he had the lowest pass-block win rate among all the Jets’ offensive linemen this season.

Per The Football Database the Jets’ 18 players on injured reserve is the most players from any single team in the NFL in 2019.

We’ve heard the term snake bitten franchise thrown around over the years, but it’s hard for any team to take away that title from the Jets this season.

Players that have never been hurt before found a way to get hurt this year like linebacker CJ Mosley. Now with the latest two additions this has gone from a funny punchline to just a head scratching year of ineptitude and misfortune.

Fortunately there is actually good news. When the pendulum swings in one direction, the next season it swings in the opposite direction. After evaluating all of the injuries for the Jets this season it seems like a lot of unlucky misfortune as opposed to a medical problem on 1 Jets Drive.

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There haven’t been a ton of soft tissue injuries that could point to a weakness in the facilities and people working in that building. So a phrase that Jets’ fans have become all too familiar with, there’s always next year.