On Wednesday, that meant placing wide receiver Eric Decker on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff that ends his season, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Decker will need surgery and his recovery is expected to last eight months, Jets coach Todd Bowles said.
The 29-year-old wideout has two years remaining on the five-year, $36.25 million deal he signed with the Jets back in 2014. His absence this season -- Decker made it through three games, catching nine passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns -- has underscored the massive regression New York has undergone offensively in 2016.
Decker was the perfect complementary wideout in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's system; it's a rare bit of luck for a new head coach and play-caller to inherit a tailored fit. Now, that responsibility lies on the shoulders of Quincy Enunwa, who has 27 catches for 294 yards and a touchdown this year.
The injury shows the downside of general manager Mike Maccagnan's approach to the team. The Jets had the green light to win now and stocked the cupboard with veterans at nearly all offensive positions. However, when one of those veterans goes down, he is very hard to replace.