The Jets lost three players to concussions and three others to an assortment of injuries in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, per ESPN. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, safety Durell Eskridge and running back Daryl Richardson all left with concussions. Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana left the game with a knee injury. Shaq Evans sprained his back, and Sashaun Phillips hurt his ribs.
Jets rookie receiver Shaq Evans, a fourth-round pick out of UCLA, will have shoulder surgery Tuesday and be placed on injured reserve, reports ESPN.com.
The following players will not dress for the Jets against the Bengals Saturday night: Wide receiver Eric Decker, tight end Jeff Cumberland, wide receiver Shaq Evans, tackle Markus Zusevics, cornerback Dexter McDougle, running back Chris Ivory, cornerback Dee Milliner, cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide reciever Jalen Saunders.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans has a "severe" shoulder injury, which could force the team to place him on injured reserve. "Shaq Evans, his shoulder looks pretty bad," Ryan said, per the New York Daily News. "He's still out there in the (red non-contact) jersey, very limited. We'll see that how that goes but it doesn't look good right now."
Eric Decker will enter the season as the Jets' top receiver, but who is No. 2? The team did not draft a high-profile wideout. Jeremy Kerley is better in the slot and Stephen Hill can't be counted on, according to ESPN.com. That leaves the Jets hoping one or more of the receivers they drafted will develop fast. Fourth-rounder Jalen Saunders is "small and shifty," and fellow fourth-rounder Shaq Evans "had five touchdown catches of 54-plus yards in his career," the website notes. Sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa "set a Nebraska single-season record with 12 touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the Gator Bowl." All will get a chance to state their case in minicamp and training camp.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||12||21.00|
|2||09/18||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|9||11/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||23.44|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|