Florham Park, NJ - The Jets placed starting left tackle Ryan Clady on IR today and honestly the fact that the Jets got eight games out of Clady feels like a minor win, even though he wasn't particularly effective in those games. Clady had missed 30 games over the past three seasons so the fact that he will miss the final eight this year (he missed last week and will miss the next seven) was something everyone should have expected as a possibility.
Clady, who GM Mike Maccagnan traded for along with a seventh-round draft pick for a fifth-round pick, was brought in to be D'Brickashaw Ferguson's replacement, who of course didn't miss any games, but while it was a valid attempt with high upside it's obvious Maccagnan swung and missed on this trade.
With Clady going to IR it opens up a roster spot for the Jets to activate Devin Smith and place in on the 53-man roster. Smith, the Jets second-round draft pick from last year, will look to continue to develop as an all around receiver but it'll be interesting to see how the Jets use him since they aren't equipped to take advantage of the one thing we know he does well, get open deep.
It's one of the same problems rookie Robby Anderson is dealing with, Anderson has been really impressive so far this season but just how impressive is flying under the radar because the Jets don't have a quarterback capable to getting him the ball deep down the field. Anderson is a more developed route runner than Smith though, Anderson can do more in the short and intermediate passing game even as that's clearly not where excels.
With Eric Decker out but Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa clearly established as the number one and two receivers, Anderson and even Jalin Marshall contributing the passing game and Charone Peake also on the roster, where does Smith fit into the rotation? It would be nice to start him out slow with a package of nothing but go routes, but again can you really do that with Ryan Fitzpatrick right now? Either way it's something sort of interesting to watch to see how it plays out, which obviously the Jets aren't providing a lot of right now so take it where you can get it.
In other roster moves the Jets also signed defensive lineman Anthony Johnson from the Patriots practice squad and waived defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins. The Jets also added offensive tackle Zach Sterup to the practice squad.
Chris Nimbley is the editor-in-chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (email@example.com)