The New York Jets’ wide receiver competition may end up being a war of attrition if players continue to get injured at this pace.
The team announced Monday they placed Quinton Patton, who signed with the Jets in free agency, on injured reserve. They didn’t make Patton’s injury public, but they already found a new receiver to fill his roster spot: Devin Street, a 2014 fifth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.
Patton signed with the Jets in March after spending his first four years with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s only caught one career touchdown in the 40 games he appeared in for San Fran, and his career high for receiving yards in one season was just 408 yards.
Still, he figured to be in the running for a spot on the depth chart with Brandon Marshall out the door and a crew of relatively young receivers behind Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa.
Street was most recently released him by the New England Patriots May 24 after they claimed him on May 2. Street has 10 total career receptions for 152 yards and one touchdown in two years with Dallas and one with Indianapolis.
A quick peek at the Jets’ roster online shows that their injured reserve is made up of only wideouts, after a pair of similar announcements in the past few weeks. Former second-round pick Devin Smith re-tore his ACL sometime before the NFL Draft and will miss the entire season after losing chunks of his 2015 and 2016 campaigns. His NFL career could be in jeopardy. Syracuse undrafted rookie Brisly Estime signed with New York mainly to factor into the punt returning competition, but tore an Achilles tendon during practice in late May.
Street joins a receiving corps that features Decker, 2016 surprise standouts Enunwa and Robby Anderson, 2017 draft picks ArDarius Stewart (third round) and Chad Hansen (fourth round), and other hangers-on like Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake, who undoubtedly will be competing for roster spots later this summer.