The New York Jets tried to draft like the New England Patriots this year by drafting in bulk, but injuries are already eating into their reserve coffers. It was announced today that Jets rookie WR Shaq Evans will have shoulder surgery Tuesday and be placed on injured reserve. Evans is one of the three WRs the team drafted this year and was primed to be an additional weapon to QBs Geno Smith and Michael Vick this season.
It’s unfortunate to lose a potential player, but it was already questionable if Evans was going to make the team. The Jets had 12 receivers at the start of training camp, so Evans was going to be fighting for a roster spot even if he remained healthy. With a mediocre performance thus far in camp, Evans wasn’t a player head coach Rex Ryan was constantly talking about. Evans also missed rookie minicamp and OTAs while finishing classes at UCLA.
So on the bright side, perhaps this situation will just allow the Jets to drop some dead weight. All NFL teams are required to cut their roster down to 75 players in one week, so the pressure is on to trim the fat faster. For the Jets, this means that the spotlight will be on veteran WRs Eric Decker and David Nelson even more so that it already was. It also means that hopes will likely be higher for WR Stephen Hill to improve. If the team suffers more injuries in this position, Hill may be seen as a weak, but necessary, backup to have on the team.