For the Jets to surround quarterback Sam Darnold with quality wide receivers next season and beyond, they probably will have to buy them in free agency. General manager Mike Maccagnan tried to build a pipeline at the position, but it all but dried up when they released former draft picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in a span of 18 days. Stewart is back on the practice squad after clearing waivers, but his stock has taken a precipitous fall.
As the story said, in a perfect world, Stewart and Hansen—third- and fourth-round picks in 2017, respectively—would be ready to step into starting roles next season. That's how winning organizations operate. When they lose good players in free agency, they replace them with up-and-comers from previous drafts. It's the most cost-effective way to build a team under the salary cap. While the story doesn't expect that to happen, the good news is the Jets are expected to be about $90 million under the cap in 2019.
Jones has now been ruled out so it's a big blow to the Falcon offense. Sanu is also out because of a hamstring issue meaning Gabriel and Hardy likely see more reps and could be popular waiver pickups next week.
Roberts was trending up through his third season, when he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns. He took a step back in his fourth season, and then the Cardinals let him walk. He spent last year in Detroit, where he caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.
DE Chris Baker (illness), CB Will Blackmon (shoulder, hip), S Dashon Goldson (knee, hamstring, wrist), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe), DE Jason Hatcher (knee), WR DeSean Jackson (illness), DT Terrance Knighton (migraine), C Josh LeRibeus (ankle, shoulder)
Both Bryant and Jackson are probable and expected to go in this NFC East matchup. Bryant was a full go in practice all week with foot and knee injuries while Jackson did not practice Saturday because of an illness, but is expected to play Monday night.