Six weeks into the season, the New York Jets have looked poised, sitting at 3-3 and riding a two-game win streak, with the AFC East division still wide open. Most of this success can be attributed to stellar quarterback play from rookie third overall pick Sam Darnold and an aggressive defense, sitting inside the top-10 in total takeaways with 15.
However, this week the team could look a little different, as star wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and second-year safety Marcus Maye (hand) will both be forced to miss at least the next three weeks. This is not the first time both have had to miss time, as Enunwa missed all of last season due to a neck injury that required surgery suffered in training camp, while Maye missed the first three games of this season with a foot injury.
Despite the Jets having depth at secondary, wide receiver has always been a position of ups and downs. With Enunwa now out, veteran Terrelle Pryor nursing a groin injury and third-year Charone Peake dealing with a hamstring, the team is only left with two of their top four receivers in Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. Thus, the team began to explore veteran options on Tuesday Oct 16, including former Tennessee Titan Rishard Matthews and former Cleveland Browns 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman.
Matthews, who asked for his release from the Titans on Sept 26, only played in three games this season before, in which he’s recorded three catches for 11 yards over that span, while he caught 118 passes in his two full seasons with the team prior. Since becoming a free agent, Matthews has only worked out for the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals, hoping the Jets can be his next landing spot. On the other hand, Coleman has been bouncing around the league as of late after being traded to the Buffalo Bills from the Browns in August. Thereafter, Coleman was released by the Bills on Sept 1 to then be signed by the New England Patriots, where he was later cut to make room for the acquisition of former Brown’s teammate Josh Gordon on Sept 17. Now, after being with two AFC East teams, its only a question of the Jets being the third.
For now, it is unclear how Matthews’ and Coleman’s workouts exactly went on Tuesday and if the Jets look to bring in any other wide receivers for workouts, but knowing that the Vikings secondary has been ranked inside the top five in past seasons, means the Jets need all the help they can get.