NY Jets’ linebacker Blake Cashman will miss time with another hamstring injury.
Now, Cashman is set to miss even more time with a hamstring injury that’s separate from the previous two he suffered earlier this year. You truly can’t make this stuff up.
Cashman had somewhat of an injury-prone reputation before being drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. And after playing in just seven games in his rookie season, he found himself out for the year on injured reserve.
Going into 2020, the hope was that Cashman could not only stay healthy but take the next step towards solidifying himself as a long-term starter on defense. However, neither of those things have happened.
Blake Cashman has struggled to stay healthy with the NY Jets in 2020
Following C.J. Mosley’s decision to opt-out of the 2020 season, Cashman was surprisingly given the start in Week 1 over veteran Avery Williamson and opposite Neville Hewitt. But just four plays into his season, disaster struck.
Cashman suffered a groin injury on the very first possession of the game after playing just three snaps on defense. He would subsequently land on injured reserve knocking him out for the next four weeks.
The 24-year-old returned in Week 6, albeit in a reserve/special teams role. Cashman would see substantial time on special teams in Weeks 6 and 7 before being sidelined again — this time as a result of a hamstring injury in both legs.
The young linebacker would finally make his return this past Sunday in the team’s Week 12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. But following the game, head coach Adam Gase revealed that Cashman had suffered yet another hamstring injury.
This injury is separate from the previous two hamstring injuries he had dealt with and he’s expected to miss some time as result. A second trip to the injured reserve shouldn’t be out of the question.
With Cashman sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Jets will continue to rely on the duo of Neville Hewitt and Harvey Langi to man the middle of the defense. Special-teamer Bryce Hager is also on the 53-man roster.
The Jets hoped to see a healthy and improved Blake Cashman in 2020. Instead, his season has gone very much like his team’s season.
An unmitigated disaster.