The Jets placed rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans on injured reserve Tuesday, when he had season-ending shoulder surgery (Jets, Aug. 19).
Rex Ryan said earlier this month the injury, sustained Aug. 5, was bad enough that season-ending IR was a possibility for Evans.
The Jets took Evans in the fourth round of May’s draft. He was the Bruins’ leading receiver in 2012 and 2013, when he was named All-Pac 12 honorable mention.
It’s been a tough month for Jets rookie receivers. Jalen Saunders, the other receiver the Jets took in the fourth round, had what was described as a “medical event’ while driving his car Friday morning. The team has been mum about the health of Saunders, who didn’t play against Cincinnati Saturday and is out for Friday’s game against the Giants.
The NFL has agreed that they will expand practice squads from eight to 10 players for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Without another agreement, the practice squad will return to eight players in 2016.
Geno Smith will start against the Giants in the Jets’ third preseason game of the year.
Geno has started each of the preseason games so far, but Rex Ryan still won’t officially name him the Week 1 starter.
“When we think it’s the right time, we’ll tell you,” Ryan said after practice on Tuesday.
Smith and the starters will play all of the first half and the first series of the third quarter, according to the head coach.
During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season.
Rookie wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was the Jets’ sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The California native and University of Nebraska graduate is listed at 6 foot 2 and 225 pounds.
Early in camp, Enunwa battled a hip injury, but credited his support staff — both with the Jets and with his family — for helping him come back from it to continue working and improving during his first training camp…
Being in Cortland was like being back in college. It was great, because you knew everybody in the dorm, whereas in college, you don’t know anybody and you just kind of hang with your roommate.
At Cortland, on off-days, we were usually just hanging around in the hotel lounge where they put us up or we might go see a movie. My sister lives in New York so sometimes I visited her. But, for the most part, it was just nice to relax.
A lot of the guys play video games, but with the playbook being something new to me, I wanted to buy a new game system, but I am going to wait until I make the team, so I can feel more secure with the playbook first.
Thankfully, I don’t have any rookie stories yet. I’ve been pretty lucky to not have anything happen to me as a rookie yet, but I don’t want to speak too soon, I still have a whole year of being a rookie! We’ll see how it goes.
It’s cool to get out and hang around with all the guys — all the older guys, especially. It was a good experience out there for me, on the field and off it.
Enunwa had 15 touchdown receptions over his four years as a Cornhusker, with 12 of them coming in his senior season. He racked up over 1,500 yards, with half of them coming in his fourth season in red and white.
He was the team captain in 2013 and was named the offensive MVP. He was named the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl MVP after a 4 reception, 129 yard game, including a 99-yard touchdown reception.
GEICO SportsNite hears from Michael Vick, Geno Smith, and Rex Ryan as they discuss the penalties and other things the team needs to correct moving forward.
We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.
Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.
Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona
Cromartie was in the game for 17 snaps this week. He still hasn’t been targeted, so we still can’t really read too much into how he’ll play this year.
Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona
Dickson played 14 snaps this week and had a run stuff in the hole and a pressure where he rocked a blocking back off his spot. He gave up six and 11 yard completions in coverage, missing a tackle in the flat on the 11-yarder. He was also blocked out of one running play.
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Shaq Evans is having surgery on Tuesday, he announced on his Twitter account.
Evans suffered a “severe” shoulder injury on August 5, according to Rex Ryan.
The injury is bad enough that Evans could be placed on season-ending injured reserve, Ryan said.
Evans was the the No. 115 pick in the NFL Draft in 2014, out of UCLA.
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