The New York Jets waived/injured wide receiver Devin Smith Monday afternoon after the 2015 second-round pick suffered his second torn ACL in his right knee earlier in the offseason.
The Jets announced during the 2017 NFL Draft that Smith had suffered a second knee injury. He will be placed on injured reserve should he clear waivers. It’s fairly likely Smith will land on IR.
Smith has been stricken with horrible luck on the injury front and has played in only 14 games since joining the Jets. He started his rookie season on the PUP list after suffering a broken rib and a punctured lung early in training camp and didn’t play until Week 3. He played in 10 games before tearing his ACL the first time that December. He appeared in only four games last season, catching one pass for 20 yards.
Smith’s injury helped explain New York’s rationale in drafting wide receivers in the third and fourth rounds. In the third round, New York picked Alabama wideout Ar’Darius Stewart. The Jets followed that up by taking California pass catcher Chad Hansen in the fourth.
Smith will likely go down as one of the biggest busts in general manager Mike Maccagnan’s young tenure. Smith was the second player Maccagnan drafted and he has only 10 receptions at this point in his career.
In a corresponding move, the Jets re-signed wide receiver Deshon Foxx. The UConn product had signed a reserve/futures contract with the Jets in January, but was waived earlier in the month.