The poor luck for the New York Jets’ 2014 draft class has continued, as on early Friday morning, rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders was in a car accident. The crash that occurred close to the Jets’ facilities has caused Saunders to be hospitalized, and he will not be traveling with the team for their second preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night. Luckily for Saunders, it doesn’t appear that he was severely injured in the crash, and the reason for staying at the hospital was only for precautionary monitoring.
Saunders was one of the Jets’ picks in the fourth round from Oklahoma, and despite being only 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, has found his niche as a player with potential on special teams. Saunders shouldn’t have to worry about making the 53-man roster despite the crash, as the Jets like his punt-return capability, which has separated him from Quincy Enunwa, who has been dropping passes left and right at training camp, and was competition to make the team with the season-ending injury to Shaq Evans.
Injuries are certainly starting to pile up for the Jets’ rookies, as safety Calvin Pryor suffered a concussion, Evans has a shoulder problem, and cornerback Dexter McDougle will be lost for the season with a torn ACL. The Jets were already a bit banged up on offense heading into Cincinnati with Eric Dekker, and Jeff Cumberland nursing some injuries that may limit or keep them from playing, so it will allow guys, like Enunwa and Jace Amaro, to get some extra snaps in game situations after both struggling in Cortland during training camp.