Player News - Jets

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Quincy Enunwa underwent successful surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck on Tuesday.

The surgery comes with a 6-9 month recovery. Headed for free agency this offseason, it's uncertain what the future holds for Enunwa, who led the Jets with a career-best 857 receiving yards in 2016. Neck injuries are notoriously difficult to recover from.
Aug 22 - 5:31 PM

Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to a full practice on Tuesday.

He hadn't practiced since late last month. Forte will obviously be ready for Week 1 and hopes to take part in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants. Stuck in a committee with Bilal Powell and playing for one of the league's worst offenses, the 31-year-old's fantasy arrow is pointing down.
Aug 22 - 2:51 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will announce his starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles wants to watch the tape of the third preseason game before making a final decision, but the competition is all but wrapped up after Christian Hackenberg laid an egg on Saturday night. At this point, it would be a shock if Josh McCown was not named the starter for Week 1. That said, McCown's injury history suggests Hackenberg and perhaps even Bryce Petty will get a chance at some point.
Aug 22 - 10:12 AM

Speaking Monday, coach Todd Bowles was noncommittal on Matt Forte's (hamstring) availability for Week 1.

Forte, who turns 32 in December, has missed almost all of training camp with a strained hamstring for the second straight year, and battled knee problems toward the end of last season. If Forte can't play in Week 1 against the Bills, Bilal Powell would be the Jets' feature back and rookie Elijah McGuire would be second string. Forte's fit on the tanking Jets' roster remains awkward.
Aug 21 - 2:52 PM

The league has cleared Jets ILB Darron Lee from an offseason incident at a music festival in June.

Lee had to be forcibly restrained by teammate Leonard Williams following an argument between he and his girlfriend, but there was never any indication the situation became physical. The Jets had already said they will not discipline the linebacker.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 12:58 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes believes 2015 third-round OLB Lorenzo Mauldin is on the roster bubble.

Mauldin did not help his case by being charged with assault in June, and he has not done much on the field to stake his claim. In fact, Hughes seems to think Mauldin will be cut unless GM Mike Maccagnan decides he cannot give up this early on a third-round pick. Maccagnan's second-round pick that year, WR Devin Smith, has played in 14 games due to injury and will sit out again this season while 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg does not look like he will ever develop into an NFL starter.
Aug 21 - 10:44 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles blamed Christian Hackenberg's poor showing in Saturday's preseason loss to the Lions on poor blocking by the offensive line.

Hackenberg was predictably awful, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards before bowing out at halftime. The Penn State alum has made shockingly little progress since arriving as a second-round pick last season, though Bowles said Saturday's clunker wasn't his fault. "They really didn’t give him a chance," he said. "I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that." Adding to the dysfunction, likely Week 1 starter Josh McCown was instructed not to speak with reporters after Saturday's game. The Jets are a hot mess in all facets.
Aug 20 - 10:14 AM

Bilal Powell rushed nine times for 32 yards in the Jets' second preseason game, adding two catches for 14 yards.

Powell was the only Jet who looked like he belonged on the field against the Lions' first-team defense. His two receptions were literally the Jets' only completions of the first half. Despairing stuff. Nevertheless, it's the kind of three-down role Powell proved capable of down the stretch in 2016. With an aging-out Matt Forte sitting out the summer, Powell should be ticketed for big early workloads. It might not produce the desired fantasy numbers in what's looking like a once-in-a-century bad offense, but Powell should be a factor in both standard and PPR.
Aug 19 - 9:48 PM

Christian Hackenberg started Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, completing 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards.

Hackenberg was removed at halftime. Named a "surprise" starter by coach Todd Bowles, Hackenberg played jaw-droppingly bad football worthy of sympathy. He took two thundering sacks and let a ball squib out of his hand, "generating" -3 yards of passing offense. His "completions" were a pair of checkdowns to Bilal Powell. It's true that Hackenberg received zero help from his offensive line or "weapons," but once again, he looked completely lost on the preseason field. The Jets hid Hackenberg, a second-round pick, as a rookie because he wasn't ready. The year in mothballs did nothing to make him better, or counter his awful college film. The Jets have an albatross of a pick on their hands. It's frankly inexcusable considering Hackenberg's résumé coming out of Penn State.
Aug 19 - 8:58 PM

Bilal Powell (neck) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

Powell sat out last week's preseason opener with a neck injury but resumed practicing on Tuesday and should work with the first-team offense on Saturday night. Matt Forte (hamstring), Lorenzo Mauldin (back), Daniel Williams (concussion) and Marquess Wilson (hip) have all been ruled out for Gang Green.
Aug 18 - 1:26 PM

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


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