The New York Jets are coming off a win this past Sunday, but that’s pretty much where the good news ends. Friday the team announced that they had placed top halfback Isaiah Crowell on IR with a toe injury. He left Sunday’s game against the Bills after picking up the injury.
Crowell, in his fifth NFL season but first with the Jets, was having a pretty solid year on the ground. Across 13 games — six starts — he put up 4.8 yards per carry en route to 685 yards and six scores. Crowell also added 21 receptions for 152 yards in the passing attack, catching an impressive 75 percent of his targets.
Up next, the Jets host the Houston Texans this Sunday. It’s been another down year for head coach Todd Bowles and company, leading many to believe that he is firmly on the hot seat as we approach the end of the season. And while the Jets don’t have much talent to begin with, Bowles is having a tough time getting the best out of this group.
At one point, they lost six in a row. And after their opening-week win against Detroit, they lost the next three. In the meantime, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold isn’t developing all that well. Plus injuries have limited him to just 10 games this season. Let’s just say that having to start Josh McCown in the year 2018 isn’t a desirable option. Yet here they are. This all could’ve been different had the Jets held onto Teddy Bridgewater in preseason. Instead they gave Darnold the keys to the car and it didn’t work out.
Crowell, 25, is still under contract with the Jets through 2020. Will he be able to build on this year’s performance?