Shark Bites

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) didn't practice on Thursday and won't play in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Manish Mehta. Forte missed a week with the hammy early in training camp, and it sounds like he's been on and off the field since. It's not a good look for a 31-year-old back who's missed 5 games over the past 2 seasons. Bilal Powell is the Jets RBs to target in fantasy drafts.

Jets RB Bilal Powell participated in team drills Tuesday, a week and a half after suffering a neck injury, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The relatively quick return tells us this isn't a significant issue. We haven't altered our fantasy outlook for Powell.

Jets insider Connor Hughes believes TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could emerge as the team's #1 option in the passing game. That, of course, would be after he serves his 2-game suspension to begin the season. Seferian-Jenkins has dominated in training camp and "looks very much like a legitimate offensive weapon," Hughes writes. There are tons of targets up for grabs in New York with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa gone. Highlight Seferian-Jenkins as a late-round sleeper.

Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to practice on Monday. He ended up missing exactly a week, which is no big deal for a veteran. We'll be monitoring Forte closely over the next few weeks, though, as a 31-year-old who's missed 5 games over the last 2 seasons.

The Jets have placed WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) on IR, ending his 2017 season. We still don't know much about the neck injury that he dealt with this spring and evidently aggravated on Sunday. Enunwa leaves behind inarguably the worst WR corps in the league. Robby Anderson is the best guess to lead the group in targets -- only because the rest of the group reads: Marquess Wilson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake. We'll see who emerges from the ragtag bunch, but Jets WRs won't be a source of much fantasy goodness this season. Enunwa's injury does boost the target projections for RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte -- as well as sleeper TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said Monday afternoon that Enunwa has a bulging disk in his neck and is expected to be out 6-9 months. It's a big blow to a guy who's set to hit free agency next offseason.

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa exited Saturday's practice with a neck injury. "I know it's the same thing he hurt in the spring when he fell on it," HC Todd Bowles said afterward. "He hit his head [on Saturday] or he hit his neck or something went wrong when he fell." Enunwa reportedly fell to the turf after dropping a pass and stumbled when he tried to get up. He was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power. "[Trainers] didn't give me the nature of it," Bowles continued. "They just said it's the same thing he had in the spring. It wasn't severe, but it held him out a little while. I'll see the severity of it [this time] when I go inside [and speak to the trainers more]." We'll keep an eye on this one. Enunwa is in line to serve as New York's #1 WR this season.

Jets S Jamal Adams missed practice Friday with an ankle sprain that knocked him out of Thursday's workout. “It’s definitely not severe in my eyes," he said Friday, according to Newsday. We'll see how long the issue keeps the 6th overall draft pick out.

Jets RB Matt Forte tweaked his hamstring and was held out of team drills on Monday. Forte might not miss much time, but the injury is noteworthy for a 31-year-old who’s struggled with durability in recent years. We continue to prefer Bilal Powell in this Jets backfield.

Jets insider Rich Cimini called TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins a "legit sleeper" this year. ASJ has dropped 30 pounds and quit drinking in January, according to Cimini. He was a standout in spring workouts and has plenty of opportunity alongside a weak Jets WR corps. "I wouldn't be shocked if he's their leading receiver this year," Cimini said. Seferian-Jenkins will serve a 2-game suspension to begin the season, so he's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. But he could quickly emerge as a spot-start option.

The Jets have signed WR Marquess Wilson. A broken left foot cost him 13 games last year, but he flashed some with a 28-464-1 line in 11 appearances back in 2015. Wilson goes 6'4, 206 pounds and has averaged 16.9 yards per catch over the past 2 seasons. He could carve out a role in a wide open Jets WR corps, but we wouldn't yet consider him an option in fantasy drafts.

If you're cracking jokes about Jets QB Christian Hackenberg's accuracy, then QBs coach Jeremy Bates says you need to cut it out. “I think he’s real accurate,” Bates told the New York Daily News. “I think he’s throwing the ball well. He’s throwing it on time. Part of accuracy is knowing where to go with the ball, and each day, he plays faster. He gets in a rhythm. And I think everyone in the building is excited to see where he’s going. I think he’s accurate.” OK. We'll need to actually see that, though, before believing it. At least if Hackenberg can prove his coach right, he should compete for playing time.

Jets HC Todd Bowles revealed that WR ArDarius Stewart recently had surgeries on both his thumb and groin. He's tentatively expected to be ready for the start of training camp but will miss minicamp practices this week. That's not ideal for a rookie who has a shot to carve out a role this year. We'll see if Stewart is ready when the Jets head to training camp next month.

Jets RB Matt Forte said he expects new OC John Morton to increase his 3rd-down usage, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. ESPN Stats counted just 43 third-down snaps for Forte last year, compared with 169 for Bilal Powell. That's an odd breakdown for a back who averaged 4.1 receptions per game across 8 Bears seasons. And it played a big part in halving Forte's rate to 2.1 catches per contest with the Jets. He still beat Powell by 2.1 yards per reception. Forte mentioned the possibility of playing him and Powell at the same time, and he has lined up at WR spots many times in his career. The Jets, of course, could use all the reliable offensive pieces they can find. More passing-situation usage would obviously help Forte's PPR outlook. We'll see if it's expected to come at Powell's expense.

Jets WR Robby Anderson told this week that new OC John Morton favors a "more pass-happy offense." The Jets sported the league's 12th-largest run share last season, so there's certainly room for them to lean the other way. Of course, they'll need to figure out the QB spot this summer to take advantage. Anderson also said he worked out with former teammate (and now-Giant) Brandon Marshall in Florida, learning about conditioning and taking care of his body. There's room for Anderson to build on an impressive rookie season, with just Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa ahead of him and little behind him. We'll see how this offense takes shape, though, through the summer. It's not an exciting group right now.

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa is excited to play in new OC John Morton's scheme -- and for a chance at a bigger role. "This year I think I'm going to have an opportunity to do a lot more than I was able to do last year," Enunwa said. "Last year, I was kind of put in almost a box. I wouldn't be able to do the stuff everyone else was doing because we had guys who were capable of doing it. So now everybody's on a level field. I can go out there and compete and show myself the X position, and hope that I can do more this year." The departed Brandon Marshall leaves behind 128 targets. And Eric Decker is a question mark coming off hip and shoulder surgeries. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano suggests that Enunwa has a shot to turn into the Jets' #1 WR this year. The biggest stumbling block is a QB group of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. But Enunwa is a low-risk pick at his 14th-round ADP.

Jets WR Robby Anderson was arrested at a music festival in Miami on Sunday and charged with resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of justice. We'll see what comes of the situation from here. Anderson is coming off a promising rookie campaign that saw him tally a 42-587-2 line after going undrafted out of Temple. There's opportunity in a Jets WR corps that has only Eric Decker locked into a starting spot. But the team also added ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in last month's draft.

The Jets grabbed Lousiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past 3 seasons and totaled 130 grabs over his 4-year college career. McGuire has enough size at 5'10, 214 pounds but struggled to a 19th percentile SPARQ score. He's a developmental prospect for a Jets team with older RBs in Matt Forte (31 years old) and Bilal Powell (28).

The Jets used a 5th round pick on Clemson TE Jordan Leggett. A 4-year player, Leggett racked up 40 catches in 2015 before tallying 46 -- averaging 16 yards per catch -- in 2016. He looks the part at 6'5, 258 pounds but isn't a polished blocker. The Jets provide a great landing spot, at least for immediate opportunity. While New York TEs combined for only 28 targets last year, note that they're now under the direction of new OC John Morton -- formerly the Saints' WR coach.

The Jets added Cal WR Chad Hansen in the 4th round of the draft. Hansen began his college career at Idaho State and ended it by registering a massive 92-1,249-11 line for the Golden Bears last year. He won’t “wow” with athleticism (he posted a 60th percentile SPARQ score) but goes 6’2, 202 pounds with some of the best hands in this year’s WR class. Hansen joins fellow rookie ArDarius Stewart in New York’s WR corps, where there’s plenty of opportunity.

The Jets added Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He didn’t put up big numbers in a stacked and run-leaning Crimson Tide offense. But Stewart flashed big-play ability, averaging 16.0 yards per catch last year and even carrying 8 times for 68 yards. The 5’11, 204-pounder ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine but finished with a middling 47th percentile SPARQ score. Stewart looks much more like a complementary receiver than a lead dog at the next level, but there’s certainly opportunity in New York. Eric Decker is 30 and coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, while the rest of the depth chart is led by Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson.


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