Joe Douglas’ first Jets NFL Draft class is off to worrying start
There have been plenty of slow starts around the Jets this season from their offense to their defense to just about everything.
You can throw the rookie class into that group, as well. Joe Douglas’ first draft class as GM is off to a very slow start, largely due to injuries. Of the nine players drafted, five have not played in a game, four of them because of injury. There are three rookies currently on injured reserve and one on the non-football injury list.
First-round pick Mekhi Becton has been a standout, but he suffered a shoulder injury against the Colts on Sunday and was expected to be limited, if able to play at all, on Thursday against the Broncos.
Here is a look at how each rookie has fared so far:
OT Mekhi Becton (Round 1, 11th pick overall)
The 6-foot-7, 370-pounder has been impressive in the first few games of his career. He has shown the ability to move people off the ball and has made few mistakes. PFF has him graded as one of the best rookies regardless of position. He is ranked 16th among all tackles by the analytics site.
Becton’s only issue at the moment is a shoulder injury that caused him to leave the Colts game early and had his status for the Broncos game in doubt. The Jets do not believe it is a serious injury, so any absence should not be a long one. The coaches were impressed with how prepared he was when he showed up for training camp.
WR Denzel Mims (Round 2, 59th pick overall)
Jets fans have been bemoaning the lack of deep shots the team has taken. Part of the reason the Jets haven’t is because Mims has not been on the field. The Jets thought the wide receiver from Baylor would give their offense a deep-ball dimension, but he has been unable to get on the field. Mims injured one hamstring just before the start of training camp. He missed almost all of camp. He then returned to practice on a limited basis before Week 1 and injured the other hamstring. That landed him on IR. He is eligible to come off for next week’s game against the Cardinals. The Jets could use his speed.
S Ashtyn Davis (Round 3, 68th pick overall)
Davis has been used mainly as a kick returner. He has two returns for 43 yards and one ill-advised hurdle against the Bills. Davis played defense against the 49ers and it did not go well. He was one of the culprits on the 80-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert on the first play of the game. He got blocked out of the play. Davis injured his groin and missed both the Colts and Broncos games.
DL Jabari Zuniga (Round 3, 79th pick overall)
Zuniga injured his quad and missed all of training camp. He has been on IR all season but is now eligible to come off. He is probably going to need some time before he plays, though, with all of this missed practice time.
RB La’Mical Perine (Round 4, 120th pick overall)
Perine missed the first game of the season with a sprained ankle, but played in the next two. He has 10 carries for 41 yards. Perine is explosive and could be a useful piece in the Jets offense.
QB James Morgan (Round 4, 125th pick overall)
Morgan has been inactive for every game. This is a redshirt year for him.
OL Cameron Clark (Round 4, 129th pick overall)
Clark suffered a knee injury in training camp and has spent the first four weeks of the season on IR. He is eligible to come off at any point.
CB Bryce Hall (Round 5, 158th pick overall)
Hall is still recovering from a serious ankle injury that ended his season at Virginia last year. The Jets placed him on the non-football injury list, which means he has to sit out at least the first six weeks.
P Braden Mann (Round 6, 191st pick overall)
Mann is getting used plenty with the way this offense is playing. He has punted 16 times, tied for the most in the league, and is averaging 44.4 yards per punt.
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