After a week of crystal clear cerulean skies over 1 Jets Drive, the New York Jets just wrapped up their mandatory full squad mini-camp.
New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles held press conferences after practices last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Jets fans have lots of questions at this time of year on what to expect from their team this fall. The press questions covered a wide gamut of subjects as well, giving some insight on the status of some major key players.
Todd Bowles was asked about his thoughts on Marcus Maye, defensive back #26, who was picked up in round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft and suffered an ankle injury in the final 2017 season game against the Patriots. When asked the extent that Maye's injury had hurt his growth in the offseason, Bowles replied, "It doesn't as long as he comes back." Maye needs to come back healthy to provide a strong one-two punch alongside Jamal Adams, and the New York Jets will rely heavily on him in the safety position as Rontez Miles has been sidelined with an injury. The New York Jets also signed veteran safety J.J. Wilcox as a precautionary tool, and Bowles commented that Wilcox "can play free and strong."
Bowles was questioned on the timing of Quincy Enunwa coming back to practice after his 2017 preseason neck injury. 2016 was an amazing year for Enunwa, with a 58 catch, 857-yard season, with hopes that he would be the #1 New York Jets receiver in 2017. When asked when we can expect to see Enunwa practice, Bowles responded, "We will probably hold on until camp." Injuries in football are an everyday given but Coach Bowles and the entire coaching staff are best to be cautious as Enunwa begins to participate in practice and takes his first hits. The defensive players on other teams won't be kind if or when Enunwa takes the field in the regular season. The New York Jets are quite familiar with career ending neck injuries, so taking the time to bring Enunwa back safely is a major priority.
Getting Enunwa back to playing strong is also a major concern with several offseason legal issues faced by another talented wide receiver, Robby Anderson. Back in May, prosecutors in Florida announced they would drop felony resisting arrest charges against Anderson related to his arrest in May 2017. Anderson was also facing multiple felony charges stemming from his arrest earlier this year, and most of those charges have been dropped by prosecutors as well.
Anderson will be heavily relied upon in the wide receiver position if Enunwa is unable to return. Todd Bowles was asked Wednesday on how confident he is that Robby Anderson has put the off field issues behind and he said, "Time will tell. I mean you can get to be a better person. He's got to be consistent at it and he is working at it." Asked if this is Anderson's "last strike" Bowles gave the typical answer, "We handle all of that in-house and any decision that has to be made, we will discuss that upstairs before I ever do anything with the media." Anderson may still face disciplinary action from the New York Jets and the league later on this year.
The New York Jets signed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor in the offseason to join the ranks of Jermaine Kearse, Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart as insurance but with his ankle injury and surgery, Pryor is still in a boot. When asked if there is a time-table for removing Terrelle Pryor's boot, Bowles commented, "Not at this time."
Let's keep our fingers crossed our entire squad comes back strong and healthy.