Jets quarterback Sam Darnold talks about the team’s 37-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Andy Vasquez, Staff Writer, @andy_vasquez
The Jets have suffered a slew of injuries in the last few weeks. And coach Todd Bowles on Monday acknowledged that they may have to make some moves to bolster their depth as they reach the midpoint of the season on Sunday in Chicago.
On defense, the Jets have been playing down two starting cornerbacks and it’s not clear when Trumaine Johnson (quad) or Buster Skrine (concussion) will be back. Starting safety Marcus Maye is out for the near future with a broken thumb, and his backup Doug Middleton is likely done for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle on Sunday.
Offense the Jets were down to two healthy, proven receivers last week — Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse — as Quincy Enunwa deals with a high ankle sprain and Terrelle Pryor was cut with a groin injury. They added free agent Rishard Matthews on Tuesday, but could be looking for more stability in the trade market as they need to give rookie quarterback Sam Darnold weapons to work with.
And if Bilal Powell’s neck injury is serious (the Jets had no update Monday), Isaiah Crowell would be the only proven running back on the roster.
So the next week could be a busy one for general manager Mike Maccagnan, as Jets have plenty of holes to fill. Here are five moves they could make before next Tuesday’s (Oct. 30) trade deadline.
S Deone Bucannon, Cardinals
The Jets have an immediate need at safety with Maye out for the next few games and Middleton likely lost for the season. And Bucannon could be a perfect fit. The Cardinals don’t have a use for him as a linebacker in their 4-3 defense and Bucannon thrived as a safety in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defense in Arizona. A reunion could give the Jets some much needed depth and perhaps some pass rushing help — he had five sacks in his first two seasons.
WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins
Parker has been used sparingly by the Dolphins this season and is clearly frustrated about it. The 25-year-old could be just the boost the Jets offense needs, he’s a playmaker with a lot of potential. But it would likely cost the Jets a mid-round pick, which would not be worth it unless Parker is part of the long-term future. He also may be taking an increased role in the Dolphins’ offense after Albert Wilson’s injury.
RB Ameer Abdullah, Lions
If Powell is seriously injured, the Jets are going to need to bring in another running back. And Abdullah could fit the role. The 25-year-old has fallen out of favor in Detroit, behind rookie running back Kerryon Johnson. But Abdullah has proven to be a viable backup in past years and is a threat to catch passes.
WR Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
Sanders is still a productive receiver at 31 years old and could be a good presence for Darnold in the offense. But his production has dropped in each of the last two seasons and he’ll be 32 next season and carrying a cap hit of $12.9 million. He’d help the Jets immediately, but it may not be worth trading a draft pick and paying him next year when they can likely get better value in free agency.
CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
This would help bolster the Jets’ banged-up secondary in a big way. Peterson, who reportedly wants out of Arizona, is one of the best cornerbacks in football. And teaming him with Johnson would give the Jets one of the leagues best cornerback duos for years to come. But the Cardinals’ asking price will be very high, and the Jets would have to invest a lot of cap space at cornerback when the have greater needs elsewhere on the defense.