New York Jets Training Camp: Week 3 Stock Report
The New York Jets still have a ways to go if they are to emerge as legitimate postseason contenders in the AFC in 2014.
Two weeks of training camp have already passed and Gang Green managed to snatch a victory in their first preseason game, but there's still many question marks surrounding the current roster.
Injuries have struck Cortland in a major way, and some players, especially rookies, aren't coming along quite as smoothly as one would hope.
Nonetheless, there's still players who are putting together terrific training camps and look primed to play a major role this upcoming season.
With that said, here's the Jets' stock report for Week 3 of training camp.
Stock Up: Quincy Enunwa
Quincy Enunwa needed to step his production up in a big way last week, and he did exactly that.
Prior to the weekend, the sixth-round pick had put together a forgettable training camp that was marred by injuries and inconsistencies.
Enunwa has long been considered a long shot to make the roster, so his poor play certainly wasn't doing him any favors.
However, the Nebraska product woke up in a big way a few days ago.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Enunwa lit up the practice field to the tune of two long touchdown receptions—one for 45 yards and another good for 70 yards.
The practice was one of the finest by a Jets rookie all offseason, and Michael Vick even felt the need to praise Enunwa at the end of the day.
If the 22-year-old can build off his breakout performance, he could be a surprise addition to the final roster, as he possesses the size and playmaking ability to be a nice depth provider.
Stock Down: Dexter McDougle
Dexter McDougle wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire during training camp, but he was still expected to make a decent impact in his rookie season.
However, the third-round pick's year is over, as he tore his ACL in practice at the end of last week.
The injury occurred when Stephen Hill attempted to catch a pass over the shorter McDougle, and the latter landed awkwardly on the former's cleat.
McDougle missed nearly all of his final year at Maryland with a serious shoulder injury, so injuries are beginning to play a major role in the youngster's career.
With the rookie done for the year, the Jets' cornerback situation is even more cloudy. The team will need players like Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson to step up in his stead.
Stock Up: A.J. Edds
Every training camp, unknown youngsters play themselves onto NFL rosters, and A.J. Edds is that man this year.
Edds, a fourth-round selection in 2010, has played with four different franchises, but he's yet to make much of an impact at the professional level.
However, the 26-year-old may change that this season.
Edds was undoubtedly the star of New York's first preseason game. After coming in for Demario Davis, the Iowa product notched a team-high eight tackles, including six solo and one for a loss. He also secured the win with a fumble recovery in the waning moments.
The Jets have a good mixture of talent and depth at linebacker, but there's no way Edds doesn't make the roster if he continues to perform at such a high level.
Look for Edds to make a similar impact in the Jets' second preseason contest.
Stock Down: Dee Milliner
Unfortunately, Milliner won't be building off that success any time soon.
According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the second-year man had to be carried off the practice field on Sunday after a collision with Quincy Enunwa, and he was later diagnosed with an ankle sprain.
New York can't tell whether the sprain is low or high, as Milliner's ankle is too swollen to undergo an MRI.
Jets fans better hope it's a low ankle sprain, as the latter could force the Alabama product to miss Week 1 of the regular season—and perhaps even longer.
Stock Up: Calvin Pryor
While injuries have taken a significant toll on cornerbacks in recent days, the team's prized safety seems to finally be fully healthy.
Calvin Pryor, the team's top overall pick in this offseason's draft, had been sidelined or severely limited with a concussion for most of training camp, but he's now ready to contribute heavily, per Jeremy Philipson of ESPNNewYork.com.
The Louisville product is expected to make his preseason debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, and he should see time with the first-team unit before the regular season commences, per Philipson.
With the Jets facing a crisis at corner, Pryor's return is a huge positive. If he can play up to his potential from the get-go, he could mask some of the team's deficiencies on the outside.
Stock Down: Dimitri Patterson
Another cornerback, another falling stock.
Dimitri Patterson, a 31-year-old journeyman, was brought in as a cheap replacement for Antonio Cromartie this offseason.
Patterson hasn't impressed in the slightest yet. In the preseason opener, he was dreadful.
The Tuskegee product allowed an easy first-down catch to Hakeem Nicks on 3rd-and-11 in the first quarter and a 45-yard grab to backup Da'Rick Rogers on 3rd-and-6 just a couple drives later. He also committed an atrocious holding penalty.
Now, Patterson is dealing with a rash of injuries, and he's missed three straight practices as a result, per Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger.
With Milliner sidelined for an unknown amount of time and McDougle done for the season, the Jets not only need Patterson to be healthy but also solid.
Unless the oft-injured veteran can improve his game significantly by the end of the preseason, New York could be in serious trouble on the back end in 2014.
Stock Up: Michael Vick
No, Michael Vick won't start the regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
However, Vick still has the talent to succeed when given the opportunity to lead the offense.
The 34-year-old was extremely impressive in his Jets debut against the Colts last Thursday, as he completed 3-of-6 passes, rushed for 19 yards on just three carries and led New York on its only touchdown drive of the game.
Vick undoubtedly still has the speed and elusiveness to be a dangerous rushing threat out of the backfield.
New York feels the need to use Vick's explosiveness to help move the offense, as the team is mulling whether to use him in the Wildcat, per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
While the Wildcat experiment failed miserably with Tim Tebow, it could work a lot better with Vick, who possesses better speed and a more accurate arm.
If Vick can continue to impress, there's no way Gang Green doesn't at least let him see the field as a change-of-pace option in the regular season's early days.
Stock Down: Shaq Evans
Shaq Evans, one of two wideouts New York selected in the fourth round of this year's draft, was expected to compete with a half-dozen other receivers for the No. 2 job.
However, things have gone awry for the 23-year-old thus far in his NFL career.
Evans struggled through the first bit of training camp, dropping easy passes and failing to separate from opposing defensive backs.
Now, the UCLA product's rookie year could already be over.
Evans suffered a shoulder injury in last week's practice. According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the injury is "severe" and Evans could be placed on injured reserve.
While the Jets have a good number of receivers who can step up and contribute, the injury is damaging to Evans' development.
Hopefully, the California native can recover quickly and have better fortunes in his sophomore season.
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