A healthy NY Jets wide receiver room has already proven to be an issue for the team this season. Now, following an injury suffered by Allen Lazard, the team might be in some serious trouble.
Lazard popped up on Saturday's injury report with a knee injury and was listed as a limited participant in practice. The Jets are listing Lazard as questionable for Monday's game after he presumably picked up the injury on Saturday.
This could spell trouble for a Jets team that's already hurting for wide receiver depth. Outside of Garrett Wilson, the Jets don't have a single other reliable wide receiver on that roster.
That includes Lazard, who ranks second-worst among all qualified wide receivers in drop rate. Still, without Lazard, the Jets' wide receiver depth chart is borderline disastrous.
The NY Jets are hoping the Allen Lazard injury isn't serious
If Lazard were forced to miss Monday's game, the Jets would be left with the likes of Randall Cobb, Xavier Gipson, Jason Brownlee, and Irvin Charles on their active roster. There's also Malik Taylor, who was elevated from the practice squad for last week's game.
The Jets could be forced to start a pair of undrafted rookies at wide receiver if Lazard is ruled out. Brownlee makes the most sense as a direct replacement for the former Green Bay Packers wideout.
Brownlee has a similar skill set to Lazard, doubles as a strong run-blocker, and is a natural outside wide receiver. Cobb and Gipson are both much better suited for the slot. Charles and Taylor could also see time on the outside in place of Lazard.
Either way, the Jets would be forced to trot out Garrett Wilson, a host of undrafted players, and the worst wide receiver in the NFL if Lazard doesn't play. That doesn't bode well for their hopes of improving on offense this week.
The Jets opted against adding a wide receiver at the trade deadline last week. Although they made calls to the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Davante Adams and Mike Evans, respectively, nothing came to fruition.
The Jets were big-game hunting, but they didn't feel pressured to add another receiver at the deadline despite their obvious struggles at the position.
Even a healthy Jets wide receiver room is one of the worst in the NFL, with Garrett Wilson as the only saving grace. If Lazard is out, the Jets are in deep trouble.