The NY Jets’ wide receiver depth chart looks very thin following numerous injuries.
The NY Jets‘ depth at wide receiver could be categorized as a bit thin, considering the injuries that the team is already, unfortunately, experiencing during this altered version of training camp.
On Sunday, the Jets agreed to terms with former New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers wideout, Chris Hogan. The 32-year-old made the best of his time with the Patriots, winning two Super Bowls and adopting the nickname, “7-11,” because he’s always open.
It’s easy to see why general manager Joe Douglas felt the need to bring in another veteran presence at a position that was rather thin even before the injury bug hit near the beginning of camp.
During Sunday’s second iteration of training camp, it was learned that receiver Vyncint Smith suffered a core muscle injury that hopefully isn’t too serious. He’s scheduled to meet with a specialist on Monday to survey the damages.
Add this injury on to Denzel Mims‘ absence due to a hamstring injury and the Jets have got a problem at one of the most valuable positions on offense.
The NY Jets current depth chart of healthy receivers doesn’t look very promising.
As it stands now, the Jets Jets’ *healthy* wide receiver depth is as followed:
- Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder, Chris Hogan, Jeff Smith, Braxton Berrios, Josh Malone, Jehu Chesson, Lawrence Cager, George Campbell
If injuries continue to pile up don’t be surprised to see the team potentially sign another veteran receiver to go along with the recent addition of Chris Hogan or even acquire one in a trade.
The Jets have kept in close contact with 32-year-old Demaryius Thomas, who spent last season with the team. Trotting out Jeff Smith as the second starting outside wide receivers across from Perriman with under four weeks until the start of the regular season is not ideal.
The team hopes to see both Mims and Vyncint Smith make full recoveries soon, as it’s difficult for receivers, especially rookies (Mims), to miss the beginning portions of team practices.
Learning a new offense isn’t easy, as many can assume, missing this crucial time due to injury can hinder a team’s ability to jog a receiver out on to an NFL field without knowing the signals and sounds of an official playbook.
Time will tell when the Jets can expect their full offensive arsenal back on the field, ready to go.