Second-round pick Devin Smith, who was slated to miss most of training camp with broken ribs and punctured lungs, is still targeting the season-opener as his return date.
He even got to move out of a special hospital bed that forced him to sleep while propped up to avoid further injury.
While Smith's speed and field-stretching ability can't hurt, having him on the field before he's ready will. At this point, the Jets' offense seems delicate enough with a mad scramble to find some chemistry.
But as the season wears on, his development will be watched closely. The team has struggled to develop their own skill position players over the years. Might he be different?