Both Sam Darnold and Mekhi Becton missed the last two games with shoulder injuries. Add insult to injury, the team also grossly mismanaged those injuries.
Mekhi Becton Injury
Prior to the start of Week 4’s contest against the Denver Broncos, Becton hadn’t practiced all week. However, he was listed as active for the game and would be the emergency tackle. A couple snaps into the game, left tackle Chuma Edoga went down with an injury. Despite having Conor McDermott on the bench, the Jets opted for the injured Mekhi Becton. It wouldn’t be long before Becton re-aggravated his bad shoulder. Then, he missed the next two games. Rather than Becton miss Week 4 to play Week 5, the team wanted no part in that.
Sam Darnold Injury
This one is a little different but still mismanaged. In the same game against the Broncos, Sam Darnold went down with an injury. However, this wasn’t a pre-existing injury. Darnold went down with a shoulder injury on a sack after being thrown on it by Broncos’ linebacker A.J. Johnson. He was taken out for the remainder of the drive. On the next drive on third down nonetheless, the Jets decided to insert Darnold. The play result was a sack. After the game, it was announced Darnold would be “week-to-week”. This could’ve been a fireable offense for head coach Adam Gase. It seemed as though Gase re-inserted Darnold to save his job.
Anyways, Sam Darnold will badly need to get his season on the right track to silence the Trevor Lawrence talk. In four games, Darnold has thrown for 792 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions on a completion percentage of 59.4.
Mekhi Becton has looked like a stud in his first four games of his career. He has played 169 snaps and has committed a penalty and a sack.
Hoping to get their first victory this week against the Bills, the Jets will see the return of their starting quarterback and stud left tackle. Jets fans would love to see Sam Darnold flourish in the coming weeks.