The NY Jets have suffered yet another injury at the wide receiver position.
The NY Jets have had some of the worst injury luck in the NFL thus far in training camp. And to make matters worse, it’s seemingly all conversed around one position.
That position just so happened to be the thinnest on the roster going into 2020.
Yes, the Jets’ wide receivers have been absolutely decimated with injuries. And during Saturday’s practice, yet another receiver went down with an injury — this time it was Jeff Smith.
Smith reportedly went down on one of the first plays of the day falling awkwardly on his shoulder following an incomplete pass during 7-on-7 drills. The former college quarterback walked off gingerly and soon headed to the locker room, ending his day.
The extent of Smith’s injury is unknown, but thankfully it doesn’t appear to be as bad as first anticipated.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini later reported that Smith’s X-rays on his shoulder came back negative and the preliminary expectation is that he’s considered day-to-day. However, an MRI is scheduled which should reveal the full nature of his injury.
An undrafted free agent in the 2019 NFL Draft, Smith signed with the team last spring shortly following the draft and he quickly made a strong impression in training camp.
A converted quarterback and gadget player, Smith’s speed and explosiveness intrigued the Jets who added him to the practice squad where he spent the majority of 2019.
He was promoted to the active roster for one game where he hauled in one reception for 12 yards. However, he was placed on the injured reserve shortly after that game ending his season.
Jeff Smith is far from the first NY Jets wide receiver to get injured this summer.
Smith is just the latest Jets’ wide receiver to go down with an injury. He joins the likes of Denzel Mims, Breshad Perriman, Vyncint Smith, and Lawrence Cager who all missed Saturday’s practice with injuries.
Perriman is expected back soon and the Jets hope to get Mims back before the start of the season, but nothing is for sure. As for Smith, he has been given a golden opportunity this summer running with the first-team offense for much of training camp.
In his absence, undrafted rookie George Campbell shined on Saturday hauling in multiple touchdown grabs including a beautiful 43-yard bomb from David Fales.
The Jets signed veteran Donte Moncrief on Saturday to combat their receiver woes. But until he’s cleared to practice — or someone else returns — the Jets will be operating with just six wideouts.
Not exactly an ideal number fo training camp.
Here’s to hoping that Smith’s injury isn’t anything severe and that he can return to the field before long.