The Jets just can’t catch a break. Already 10.5-point home underdogs to the Bills, the winless Jets were dealt another blow Saturday with slot receiver Jamison Crowder—New York’s leader in both catches (29) and receiving yards (383) this season—downgraded from questionable to doubtful, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
There was optimism the 27-year-old would gut it out after finishing the week with a limited practice on Friday (he spent Thursday’s session as a spectator), but now Crowder seems almost certain to miss Sunday’s Week 7 showdown with Buffalo. It will be Crowder’s third absence of the 2020 season after sitting out Weeks 2 and 3 with a bum hamstring. The former Duke Blue Devil has been a target hog when healthy, amassing double-digit targets in all four games this season. Without him, the Jets will presumably run out a starting trio of Breshad Perriman, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith at wide receiver.
Second-round rookie Denzel Mims, who was just activated from injured reserve after missing the previous six games with a balky hamstring, will also be sprinkled in against the Bills, who throttled the Jets in emphatic fashion when these teams met in Week 1. Crowder was the Jets’ best player that week, storming to 115 yards on seven catches including a 69-yard touchdown gallop on a third-quarter screen pass from Sam Darnold. Speaking of Darnold, the Jets’ signal-caller will be active for the first time since injuring his right (throwing) shoulder against the Broncos in Week 4. Darnold’s return will push Joe Flacco, who held down the fort in Weeks 5 and 6, back to the bench.
Plagued by a lethal concoction of untimely injuries, internal strife (the Le’Veon Era in East Rutherford was fun while it lasted), a budding power struggle between coach Adam Gase and headstrong defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and a glaring lack of talent, the hapless Jets are staring down the barrel of another losing season. Gase has kept his job to this point, surprisingly outlasting the likes of Houston’s Bill O’Brien and Dan Quinn of Atlanta, though the Jets, who haven’t experienced the postseason since 2010, are likely just delaying the inevitable.