Is this where we start reminiscing about Seahawks Tyler Lockett Elite Jersey the New York Jets' serene run under Rex Ryan?
Don't rule it out for the most cursed NFL franchise in the infancy of this season. Use another descriptor if you prefer: plagued, snake-bitten … all have applied this preseason. But none has been as stupid or embarrassing as Tuesday, when the Jets announced they lost starting quarterback Geno Smith for possibly as long as 10 weeks with a broken jaw. A loss that didn't occur in a game or practice, which would be unfortunate but understandable. No, this came off the field and at the hands of the Jets themselves, specifically the fist of 2014 sixth-round pick Ikemefuna Enemkpali, who allegedly knocked Smith out of action with a shattering locker room sucker punch.
Barely a week ago, Jets coach Todd Bowles was jokingly asking the media not to jinx him with the training camp progress of his quarterbacks. Little could he have imagined that his next gremlin of misfortune was wearing a Jets jersey. And now? Geno is out. Enemkpali has been released. The jinx has mushroomed and the Jets' swirl around the 2015 drain keeps accelerating.
"It had nothing to do with football," Bowles said Broncos Jeff Heuerman Elite Jersey of the altercation that led to Smith's broken jaw. "It was something very childish. He got cold-cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, it requires some surgery. …
"We are down [a quarterback]. It's something we're dealing with. The team knows it's something we don't tolerate, something we can't stand. You don't walk up to another man and punch him in the face."
That last part – not punching another man – is a no-no in locker rooms. But the starting quarterback? Quarterbacks are shielded by one of the most resolute commandments in all of the NFL: No touchy. You do not mess with them physically under any circumstance. And yet, with this Jets team, breaking such a rule in this fashion is just another day of carnage. Consider the Jets' run since camp opened, which has seen an almost unprecedented series of awful news prior to reaching the first preseason game on Thursday at Detroit:
? July 30 (first day of camp): Bowles and the Cowboys Brandon Carr Womens Jersey Jets are shocked to discover that Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson had been arrested and charged 16 days earlier for resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations. Among the alleged highlights? Driving his Bentley 143 miles per hour with a 12-year-old in the vehicle. Police also alleged to have smelled marijuana in the car, which also contained a loaded handgun. This is all a postscript to Richardson losing the first four games of 2015 for an earlier substance abuse suspension.
? July 31 (second day): The Jets lose rookie wideout Devin Smith after the second-round pick suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in practice. Badly in need of reps and fighting for the No. 3 receiving job, it is announced that Smith could be lost for at least the entirety of the preseason.
? Aug. 2 (fourth day): The Jets lose All-Pro defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson to a strained hamstring in practice. Already in the midst of a sluggish negotiation on a contract extension, Wilkerson has now missed five straight full-team portions of practice.
? Aug. 6 (eighth day): Beleaguered former first-round pick and backup cornerback Dee Milliner tears a right wrist tendon in practice – after just returning from rehabbing his torn Achilles. Milliner, who is on the books for a $3.45 million salary cap charge this season, badly needed the reps and could miss the entire preseason.
Then finally came Tuesday, Day 13 of camp, in which Smith and the franchise once again took it on the chin. If losing your best defensive player (Richardson) isn't the height of humiliation, then this has to be it. And if you're a Jets fan, it didn't exactly come at a low moment. For what it has been worth, Smith was solid in camp, despite facing a secondary (and defense) that should be one of the best in the NFL. Prior to Monday, he had even gone nine straight practices without throwing an interception in 7-on-7 and full-team work. It was a notable enough streak that when Smith threw a pair of picks in Monday's practice, Bowles joked about it.
"I was starting to think [the defensive backs] couldn't catch," he cracked after Monday's practice.
Sure, two weeks of camp isn't a game situation. But let's not kid ourselves: Smith is in a defining season. He needs as many positive repetitions as he can get. And thus far, he stacked some building blocks that he could feel good about. Now? That's all put on hold, maybe into October.
What's left behind isn't all that http://www.officialbroncosnflauthentic.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_CHRIS_HARRIS_JR_JERSEY.html inspiring, either. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter when the season begins, making the Jets the sixth team he has started a game for since 2005. As unkind as it sounds, that's the résumé of a journeyman who is always one offseason from the scrap heap. He also turns 33 this season, so he's not the future. And while third-stringer Bryce Petty was drafted in the fourth round to be the future, he has not been sharp in camp. He looks more like the distant future.