The NY Jets hope to have their starting trio of wide receivers for the first time this year.
The NY Jets‘ offense has been an abysmal mess for the second season in a row under head coach Adam Gase. Sure, they’ve fought through some injuries, but it’s hard to argue that the offense would be much better even with a completely healthy starting unit.
Fortunately for Gase and the Jets, they may not have to wonder what that might look like for much longer. At least when it comes to the team’s wide receivers.
For the first time all season, the Jets appear to be in-line to have all three of their starting receivers active and healthy in Week 9. The trio of Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims, and Breshad Perriman appears likely to start alongside one another for the first time this year.
Of course, with an 0-8 record, the damage has already been done. But, at the very least, we will get a chance to see what the offense could look like with a mostly in-tact starting unit.
The Jets’ receivers have been plagued by injuries this season with no one feeling the brunt of the injury bug worse than Mims. The second-round rookie missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury and wouldn’t make his NFL debut until Week 7.
The NY Jets appear likely to return two wide receivers that missed last week.
Crowder, on the other hand, missed two games earlier in the season also with a hamstring injury before returning in Week 4. However, he injured his groin in practice following the team’s Week 6 loss and has been held out in each of the past two games.
As for Perriman, the former first-round pick has dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout most of his career and it’s been a similar story this year.
Perriman missed Weeks 3-5 with an ankle injury that he suffered in the first half of Week 2. He returned in Week 6 against Miami but left the following week’s game in the fourth quarter following a devastating hit from Buffalo Bills’ safety Micah Hyde.
Both players ended up with concussions and each missed their respective team’s Week 8 game.
Mims is the only player fully healthy this week, but it seems as though Crowder and Perriman are set to join him. Crowder was upgraded to a limited participant in Friday’s practice while Perriman was a full participant in the last stage of concussion protocol.
All signs point to both being able to play on Monday.
The Jets may finally have a healthy receiving corps for the first time this season. That means they’ll have one less excuse when the offense undoubtedly comes out flat once again.
Adam Gase better start preparing his next excuse.