Welcome to another addition of ‘Things Can Always Get Worse.’ You didn’t really think the disaster would be contained to Sunday, did you?
After looking woefully unprepared and outmatched against the Bills, the Jets have placed three players on IR. Le’Veon Bell, Denzel Mims and Blake Cashman. Bell and Mims both have hamstring injuries and Cashman tore his groin. Luckily the IR rules are different this year and they will all be eligible to return after three weeks. Whether or not they will be ready to return then remains in doubt, but it does seem likely that Bell and Mims will be ready for the Cardinals in Week 5.
With Bell on IR the Jets signed Kallen Ballage again, this time he passed his physical. Frank Gore will take over as the starting running back this week, with Ballage and Josh Adams as the backups. Rookie running back, La’Micel Perine is still recovering from his ankle injury and will likely miss this week’s game against San Francisco. The fact that the Jets didn’t put Perine on IR makes one believe he should return either this week or next. But at this point next week seems more likely.
With Cashman heading to IR the Jets desperately need Avery Williamson to get back healthy. Much like Perine, Williamson missed the opener because of injury but wasn’t placed on IR. Neville Hewitt was the only other inside linebacker on the roster, Harvey Langi is an outside linebacker who filled in for Cashman on the inside Sunday. The Jets did sign inside linebacker Paul Worrilow to the practice squad today, but expect to see Langi get the start if Williamson can’t go.
As for Mims and the receivers, it is what it is at this point. There’s not much that can really done at this point. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase failed to give this team anything close to an adequate stable of receivers. This issue didn’t sneak up on them out of nowhere either. They very obviously didn’t have an adequate stable of receivers last year and they let their best outside receiver and deep threat walk. Sign Breshad Perriman and drafted one receiver and somehow thought that would be enough.
Don’t expect Douglas to be making phone calls to the Bears about Allen Robinson either. If the goal is to properly evaluate Sam Darnold then that’s exactly what Douglas should do, but he’s not giving up draft capital and spending cap money on a one-year rental.