Will Devin Smith miss the rest of the season?
It sure seems that way.
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With 8:11 left in the third quarter, the Jets’ rookie receiver was carted off the field with a right knee injury. Coach Todd Bowles didn’t have much of an update during his postgame news conference and would say only that Smith will undergo an MRI today.
“We know he has a knee injury,” Bowles said, “we just don’t know what it is yet.”
The CBS broadcast described it as a “potentially serious knee injury,” which means Smith’s season could be over.
The former Ohio State speedster was hurt while covering a punt. Several Jets players knelt around Smith near the Jets’ sideline as team doctors tended to him on the field. He couldn’t put any weight on his right leg as he was being helped onto the cart, and as he was being driven away, he placed a towel over his face.
It’s been a challenging first year for Smith, who broke several ribs and had one of his lungs partially punctured during a collision in practice on the second day of training camp. He didn’t return to the field until Week 3 against Philadelphia.
Smith has nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in nine games.
Did Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker make history?
They sure did!
Both Jets receivers caught a touchdown pass, making them the first duo in Jets history to have at least nine TD receptions each in a single season.
Marshall’s 69-yard TD marked his 11th score of the season and moved him into seventh place in team history for receiving yards in a single season (1,186). Decker caught Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first TD pass of the day, a 16-yarder that put the Jets up 7-0 with 9:12 to go in the first quarter. Decker moved into a tie for third in TD catches in a player’s first two seasons as a Jet (14), surpassing Keyshawn Johnson’s 13 (1996-97).
With 20 total TDs, they are tied for first among receiving duos with Art Powell/Don Maynard (1960) and Wesley Walker/Al Toon (1986).
After the game, Marshall said the chemistry he and Decker have is “absolutely” important.
“In high school, my uncle said: ‘Great receivers have great receivers on the other side.’ I’ve always remembered that,” said the 11-year veteran. “It’s simple. It’s just the little things. If I’m having a big game, you don’t want the guy on the other side having an ego or having a pity party. You want that guy to cheer for you and vice versa.
“You go back to the [Week 2 Indianapolis Colts] game, we came out and lit Decker up. It took some time for me to get the ball, but I was still cheering for him. That’s what you want. You want guys cheering for each other and pushing for each other. That’s what we have here.”
Were the Jets at all worried about this being a “trap game”?
Not one bit. Muhammad Wilkerson said, “Coach Bowles said it to the media, I believe. This is a one-game season right now. We played Tennessee today, we got the win. Now it’s on to Dallas.”
Bowles jokingly said, “If you’re the Golden State Warriors, you can have a trap game. We’re not that good.”
Did Calvin Pryor get any love for his big-time tackle?
The safety’s closing speed prevented a potential TD in the fourth quarter. Harry Douglas hauled in a 51-yard pass from Marcus Mariota on third-and-5 from the Titans’ 15, but it would have been an even bigger play had Pryor not tackled Douglas at the Jets’ 34. “Calvin hustled and stopped a potential touchdown, which helped us out a lot,” Bowles said.
The Jets sacked Mariota three times on the drive, including on fourth down.