New York Jets: Jeff Smith, Vyncint Smith, Others Move To IR

As expected, the New York Jets placed several players on injured reserve today. As a result, several players re-signed to the active 53-man roster.

To start, the Jets placed Cameron Clark, Jeff Smith, Vyncint Smith, Jabari Zuniga, and Patrick Onwuasor on injured reserve.

On the contrary from last season, players are eligible to return from IR after just three weeks.

Originally, wide receiver Vyncint Smith was expected to miss 5-8 weeks after receiving core muscle surgery. Now, Smith will likely return Week 4 in a Thursday Night Football Matchup versus the Denver Broncos.

Wide receiver Jeff Smith injured his shoulder in practice last week. He is also likely to return in Week 4.

Rookie offensive lineman Cameron Clark has been battling a knee injury throughout training camp and will be out for a couple of weeks. The Jets selected Clark in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Rookie defensive end Jabari Zuniga has been battling a quad injury throughout camp and also will be out for multiple weeks. The team drafted Zuniga in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft.

On the other hand, the Jets did receive some good injury news. Per head coach Adam Gase, projected starting wide receiver Breshad Perriman is “feeling a lot better”.

It seems that rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims will be ready to go for Week 1’s opener against the Buffalo Bills. On today’s release of the unofficial depth chart, Mims is listed as the fourth receiver behind Perriman, Jamison Crowder, and veteran Chris Hogan. It appears the Jets will not throw him into the fire and will actually let him get more practice reps.

Roster News

Following the Jets placing five players on IR, the team decided to re-sign four of their former players. Those include Matthias Farley, Nate Hairston, Daniel Brown, and Josh Andrews. All were released during cutdown day.

Safety Matthias Farley will continue to be a special teams role player and backup safety. Farley saw 48 percent of special teams snaps in 2019.

Cornerback Nate Hairston will again be a depth piece in the secondary. Hairston filled in for nickel corner Brian Poole while he was injured in camp. He did a pretty decent job. Hairston played in 11 games for the Jets last season after the team benched Trumaine Johnson. On the negative side, Hairston fell off towards the end of the season.

Tight end Daniel Brown will return as a special teams role player and is the fourth tight end on the depth chart. He’ll likely also be used as a run blocker as well. In 16 games, Brown caught 7 passes for 72 yards for one touchdown.

Amid Jonotthan Harrison‘s release, Josh Andrews will return as the backup center. Andrews played in six games for the Eagles last season, playing six percent of offensive snaps.

The New York Jets currently have one roster spot open. Today, the team worked out QB Alex McGough, LB Alec Ogletree,  WR Jaleel Scott, and WR Hakeem Butler.

Hakeem Butler

The preferable option should be wide receiver Hakeem Butler. Butler was drafted in the fourth round of last year’s NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately, Butler broke his hand shortly before the regular season, causing him to miss the entire season. Things would get worse from there. Butler was released on preseason cut day by the Cardinals. The team acquired star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason. Not to mention, the Cardinals are stacked at the wide receiver position with Andy Isabella, Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk holding down the fort.

If the Jets sign Butler, it will be his first shot at getting legitimate playing time. The Jets should invest in young talent at the wide receiver position. Plus, there are question marks surrounding the position.

It’s time for the New York Jets to sign another wide receiver. You never know, Butler could be apart of their future.

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