Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will undergo surgery for the bulging disk in his neck next week.

As many former players can tell you, neck surgery is no laughing matter for an NFLer. The Jets pegged Enunwa's initial timeline at 6-9 months. It's unclear if that included surgery or not, but it likely did. Enunwa turns 26 next May, when he should be near the end of his recovery.
Aug 17 - 4:17 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) remains sidelined, and will miss the Jets' second preseason game on Saturday.

Forte hasn't practiced all month. He's not the sort of player who needs endless summer reps, but he's in danger of being out of shape for Week 1. Bilal Powell has returned from his neck injury, and is the favorite for touches in the Jets' backfield.
Aug 17 - 2:12 PM

Jets WR/KR Lucky Whitehead needs surgery to repair his broken left foot.

The Jets don't have a timetable, but it's not a season-ending injury. Whitehead's roster chances take a hit as a kick returner on a non-guaranteed deal, though there's upside in stashing him with two years of team control. Whitehead may be an IR recall candidate.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 5:06 PM

Jets signed WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

The 29-year-old has been floundering since he left the Patriots. Thompkins spent some time with the Jets the previous two years but has been a non-factor. He'll compete for one of the team's final roster spots.
Aug 16 - 1:34 PM

Jets WR/KR Lucky Whitehead has been diagnosed with a broken left foot, and is out indefinitely.

The Jets haven't decided if the ex-Cowboy will undergo surgery. Trying to make the 53-man roster as a return man and gadget player, Whitehead could ultimately be stashed on injured reserve, though the tanking Jets might be willing to carry him as an inactive player during the regular season until he gets healthy.
Aug 15 - 4:16 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) resumed practicing on Tuesday.

Powell participated in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. He missed roughly a week and a half of action. He could see a series or two in the Jets' second preseason game on Saturday. Matt Forte (hamstring) remains sidelined. Powell is the touch favorite in the tanking Jets' 2017 backfield.
Aug 15 - 3:27 PM

Jets OC John Morton has called Christian Hackenberg "basically a rookie."

That's because the Jets were scared to even give Hackenberg reps in practice during his actual rookie season. Morton went on to say it's "too early to tell" when Hackenberg might be ready to start a regular season game. The Jets did their best to hide Hackenberg behind easy throws in last week's preseason opener, but the offense failed to produce any points across his eight drives. Hackenberg hasn't been good since his freshman year at Penn State in 2013. That seems unlikely to change this season.
Aug 15 - 3:08 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) remains sidelined at Jets camp.

No details on the injury have been provided, but it kept Powell out of most practices last week and the Jets' preseason opener. If healthy, Powell has a chance to gobble up targets in New York's barely-there pass-catcher corps.
Aug 14 - 3:37 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) has continued to miss time at Jets camp with a hamstring injury.

It's possible Forte is simply resting himself on a going-nowhere team in the hottest months of the year, but also possible his body is simply breaking down. He battled a balky hamstring throughout 2016 training camp, then was dogged by knee woes during the regular season. Forte turns 32 this December.
Aug 14 - 3:35 PM

Sixth-round rookie Elijah McGuire started the Jets' preseason opener, rushing six times for seven yards.

Bilal Powell (neck) and Matt Forte (hamstring) were both sidelined with injury. McGuire lost a yard on his lone reception. They're brutal numbers, but McGuire had a pair of excellent 10-plus yard runs called back by penalty. The Jets have a lot of bodies in their summer backfield, but McGuire is the clear favorite for No. 3 duties in Week 1.
Aug 13 - 12:10 AM

Robby Anderson caught 3-of-3 targets for 71 yards in the Jets' preseason opener.

It was one meaningless game, but the Jets' default No. 1 receiver had little trouble getting open this evening. The 2016 UDFA is squarely in the WR3 mix thanks to a role the Jets have no choice but to make big.
Aug 12 - 11:06 PM

Christian Hackenberg completed 18-of-25 passes for 127 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in Saturday's preseason opener.

Hackenberg checked in after one series, and played deep into the second half. Extremely few of his snaps came behind the Jets' first-team offensive line. The Jets made it clear early their main goal was to build Hackenberg's confidence, calling safe plays. Hackenberg avoided big mistakes, but also failed to make anything of note happen. His 5.01 yards per attempt was positively Gabbert-ian. All in all, considering the lack of talent on the field with Hackenberg, it was an inconclusive game. Hackenberg isn't in the mix to start Week 1. That job still belongs to Josh McCown.
Aug 12 - 9:56 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) will be held out of the Jets' preseason opener on Saturday.

Powell has been sidelined or limited in practice this week. The team is undecided about Matt Forte's (hamstring) status for Saturday. It's hard to envision him suiting up. Neither injury is serious, but camp has gotten off to about as poor a start as possible -- or perhaps as good -- for the tanking Jets.
Aug 10 - 4:01 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets' "top priority" with Christian Hackenberg this summer has been to "gradually build (his) confidence."

Hackenberg has mostly been working with the 2s. The team apparently believes he's best served by racking up some layups against the second-team defense. Per columnist Manish Mehta, the "prevailing sentiment" is that Hackenberg is still holding onto the ball too long. Whichever way you look at it, it's hard to classify Hack's sophomore summer as promising, or what the Jets need to see. He'll be on the spot Saturday night against the Titans.
Aug 10 - 1:53 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports Austin Seferian-Jenkins "has dominated" at Jets camp.

Seferian-Jenkins was widely considered the best offensive player on the team in spring practices, and that has carried over into training camp with the pads on. He's been winning all of his one-on-ones and looks like a "legitimate offensive weapon" for a Jets squad that needs them. Though suspended for the first two games, ASJ has a real chance to lead this offense in targets the final 14 weeks.
Aug 9 - 9:24 AM


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