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Quincy Enunwa Out 3-4 Weeks

  • The Jets will be without their leading receiver for some time. Quincy Enunwa suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets. He’s likely going to miss at least three games, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). Enunwa missed all of last season because of a neck injury. In a contract year, Enunwa returned to be Sam Darnold‘s top target thus far. He’s hauled in 22 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. The Jets have turned to Terrelle Pryor more over the past two games, with the former Browns and Redskins wideout catching a touchdown pass in each, and he’ll be relied upon more in the immediate future.

NFL Workout Updates: 10/16/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. Links to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

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Derek Newton Works Out For Jets

Two years after suffering one of the most career-altering injuries to ever affect an NFL player, Derek Newton has not given up on returning to the league. And the Jets gave the former Texans right tackle a chance on Tuesday.

The Jets worked out Newton today, USA Today’s Mark Jones reports (on Twitter), adding the former Houston starter looked good during the audition. No deal is imminent.

Nevertheless, Newton being in this position is an accomplishment considering he suffered multiple patella tendon tears during an October 2016 game in Denver. He’s attempting to become the first player to suffer bi-lateral patella injuries and return to the NFL, Jones notes.

The Texans released Newton in April. He has a $500K grievance pending against his former employer. Newton will turn 31 next month. He was a five-year starter for the Texans, who have not found a suitable replacement for him yet. Newton signed a five-year deal to stay with the Texans in 2015, but the severe knee injuries a year and a half later sidetracked both parties’ plans.

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Jets Meet With Corey Coleman

The Jets will work out free agent wide receiver Corey Coleman, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Coleman will audition alongside Rishard Matthews in hopes of finding a new NFL home. 

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If signed, this will mark Coleman’s third stop in the AFC East after he had brief stints with the Bills and Patriots. He wasn’t a fit for Buffalo’s main roster or New England’s taxi squad, but it’s possible that he could shine in New York given the team’s lack of healthy WR options.

The Browns made Coleman the No. 15 overall pick in 2016, but he has yet to do much at the pro level despite his immense potential. His rookie season was his best to date, a campaign in which he caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, he had just 23 catches for 305 yards and 2 TDs.

The Jets are riding high after topping the Colts in a shootout on Sunday, but they’ll need some more ammo in advance of this weekend’s contest against the Vikings. Quincy Enunwa, Terrelle Pryor, and Charone Peake are all banged up, leaving Robby Anderson, Andre Robbers, and Jermaine Kearse as the last receivers standing.

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Jets To Work Out Rishard Matthews

The Jets will work out former Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews on Tuesday, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The Jets are in need of help at wide receiver with injuries to Quincy Enunwa (ankle), Terrelle Pryor (groin), and Charone Peake (hamstring) and have just three healthy receivers on the roster. 

Matthews, 29, played in three games with the Titans this year before requesting – and receiving- his release. Matthews was unhappy with his playing time in Tennessee, but he could find a sizable role with the Jets for at least a few weeks.

Matthews recently hired Drew Rosenhaus with the hope that the agent could improve the league’s perception of the receiver while steering him to a club that will use him appropriately. Nearly three weeks later, the veteran is still searching for an opportunity.

Of course, Matthews’ play on the field hasn’t helped his free agent status. The former seventh-round pick was only targeted six times in three games, hauling in three receptions for 11 yards. He also had four punt returns for 38 yards. Still, he’s not far removed from a 2016 campaign where he compiled 945 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, so his next gig shouldn’t be far off and could very well come with the Jets.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/15/18

Today’s workout updates:

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  • LB Manase Hungalu (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)

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Jets DC Kacy Rodgers Cleared To Return

The Jets will soon have their defensive coordinator back. Kacy Rodgers received clearance to resume his duties, Todd Bowles confirmed on Monday.

While Rodgers will be eased back into action, per the New York Post’s Brian Costello (on Twitter), he should be in line to coach again soon after an illness forced him to step away earlier this month. While Rodgers was on the Jets’ sideline Sunday during the team’s win over the Colts, he was not coaching. It sounds like that will change in the near future.

It was believed at a point the 49-year-old DC was going to need an extended absence to move past this illness, but it’s obviously a nice surprise that won’t be necessary. Rodgers will return to a 3-3 Jets team, which has beaten the Broncos and Colts the past two weeks.

His presence provided a “big lift” to the Jets in Week 6. While Rodgers did not address Gang Green’s defense as a group, he spoke with some players individually before the game.

Rodgers has been the Jets’ defensive boss for the past four seasons, coming to the Big Apple when Bowles was hired in 2015. Bowles has called Jets defensive plays during Rodgers’ absence. It’s unclear when his top defensive lieutenant will resume that part of his role.

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Jets S Marcus Maye To Miss 3-4 Weeks

Jets safety Marcus Maye is expected to miss three-to-four weeks after suffering a broken thumb against the Colts on Sunday, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (Twitter link).

This isn’t the first time this year that Maye, the 39th overall pick in the 2017 draft, has dealt with injury. Maye underwent an ankle scope during the offseason, and then suffered an additional foot injury during in September. While he wasn’t placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin the season, Maye did miss the first three games of the 2018 campaign.

The Jets selected Maye and fellow safety Jamal Adams with their first two picks in last year’s draft, and the results have been outstanding thus far. Maye has handled “center field” for New York while Adams has played closer to the line of scrimmage, and Maye actually ranks higher than Adams in Pro Football Focus‘ safety grades (No. 10 vs. No. 12). On the season, Maye has managed 19 tackles, a half-sack, and one interception, one that miraculously featured a 104-yard return but not a touchdown.

With Maye out, the Jets will need to rely on their defensive back depth for the next few weeks as they face the Vikings, Bears, Dolphins, and Bills before hitting a bye in Week 11. While Doug Middleton is listed as Maye’s direct backup on New York’s official depth chart, Terrence Brooks was the defender who actually replaced Maye on Sunday, playing 29 snaps in the process.

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Kacy Rodgers Returns To Sidelines

  • Darryl Slater of NJ.com tweets that Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who is dealing with a serious illness, is on the sidelines for the team’s game against the Colts today. It does not sound as if he has resumed his coordinator responsibilities yet, but it is a good sign nonetheless.

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