Many wondered why the New York Jets put such an emphasis on wide receiver during the 2017 NFL Draft. The latest announcement from general manager Mike Maccagnan explains why.
Maccagnan revealed during his wrap-up press conference that wide receiver Devin Smith tore his ACL again during OTAs and is out for the 2017 season. The 2015 second-round pick tore his ACL in his right knee at the end of the rookie season.
The Jets drafted Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart in the third round and California wide receiver Chad Hansen in the fourth round of the draft with this injury in mind. The Jets won’t have Smith in 2017 and his Jets career might be in jeopardy.
Smith could go down as an enormous bust on Maccagnan’s record. Smith was his second draft pick as Jets general manager and has only played in 14 games during his first two seasons. He’s caught 10 passes for 135 yards and 1 touchdown in his career.
The Ohio State product has had horrendous injury luck. He suffered a punctured lung and broken rib during his second training camp practice in 2015 and that injury kept him off the field until Week 3. He played in 10 games before tearing his ACL that December.