Now that Stewart's two-game suspension is over, the Jets have to decide whether to keep him by 4 PM on Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of Northjersey.com reports.
The decision will likely come down to a choice between Stewart and fellow wide receiver Charone Peake, who is a strong contributor on special teams but doesn't pull much weight on offense. While the Jets invested a 2017 third-round pick in Stewart, it's unclear where he would fit in their offense if the team opts to retain him. Expect an update on this situation after the decision is made.
Stewart was officially suspended two games Friday due to a violation of the league's policy on substances of abuse, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
As speculated last week, Stewart has tested positive for a banned substance and is officially ineligible to play in the first two games of the season. Given the stiff competition taking place within the team's crowded receiving corps, this infraction could put Stewart in jeopardy of losing his roster spot. With that said, the receiver's ability to contribute on kick returns could make him a priority for Jets coaches to keep around.
Stewart is facing a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 2017 third-round pick allegedly tested positive for a diuretic or masking agent. He'll still be eligible for training camp and the preseason, but this won't help Stewart's chances to earn a meaningful role in a receiving corps with Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa (neck), Terrelle Pryor (ankle), Chad Hansen and Andre Roberts. Despite his draft status, the 24-year-old may enter camp on the roster bubble, following a rookie season with six catches in 15 games. There should be another update coming soon, as the NFL has yet to announce the suspension.
Stewart likely will keep his roster spot, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
A third-round pick last year, Stewart caught six passes for 82 yards as a rookie and now faces an uphill battle to earn a significant role. In addition to last year's starting wideouts, Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, the Jets will have Terrelle Pryor (ankle), Quincy Enunwa (neck) and 2017 fourth-round pick Chad Hansen competing for snaps. Stewart figures to stick around on the 53-man roster, but he may end up fifth or sixth on the wideout depth chart.
Stewart caught six of 13 targets for 82 yards during the 2017 season.
Stewart, a third-round pick out of Alabama, was active for 15 games but was never able to improve on the two receptions he had in the opening week against Buffalo. With a full season under his belt, there will surely be higher expectations for 2018, but his fantasy prospects will be more dependent on the other wideouts on the depth chart and who will be under center for the Jets.
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