FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A daily review of the hot topics from New York Jets training camp:
Rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after having surgery to repair a torn labrum, ending his season. No surprise. On Wednesday, rookie cornerback Dexter McDougle will have season-ending knee surgery. He, too, will be put on IR. This means the Jets will have two less players to cut by Tuesday, when rosters must be pared from 90 to 75. Tough week for the Jets' draft picks. Wide receiver Jalen Saunders is scheduled to address the media Wednesday, an opportunity to clarify the mysterious "medical event" that apparently caused his car accident last week. Rex Ryan hasn't provided any details, except to say it was "an isolated incident" and not due to a pre-existing condition. Saunders is out indefinitely.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who returned to practice on a limited basis, said he hopes to play Friday night against the New York Giants. He said there's "no doubt" he will play the season opener. Patterson, who spent more than a week on the sideline with various leg ailments, talks a good game. Asked about the beleaguered secondary, a lighting rod for criticism, he said, "It's OK. That's the good thing about professional sports. You have the opportunity to go out and shut people up." Patterson is one of the reasons why the secondary is taking so much heat. Let's just say he wasn't a popular free-agent signing. That, coupled with his inactivity, has put him under the microscope.
Speaking of cornerbacks, Antonio Allen received a mixed review from Ryan on his debut at the position. From a technique standpoint, there was good and bad, but it was a great learning experience, according to Ryan. The experiment continues, Allen lined up with the starters in practice.
Geno Smith will start against the Giants. In other news, Woody Johnson is rich.
Ryan dismissed comments by Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander, who said he was surprised the Jets were blitzing so much late in last week's game. Ryan said the bigger surprise should've been that he didn't blitz much at all early in the game. He said he relied on "coverage" schemes as a way to test his unproven secondary. He added, "I don't know why they'd be shocked (by the blitzing), but it doesn't matter. I don't worry about their team. We're just trying to focus on our team and what's best for us."
The new practice-squad rules, announced Tuesday by the NFL, could have an impact on the Jets' quarterback depth chart. Under the new rules, Matt Simms (active for 16 games last season) is practice-squad eligible. Previously, a player who had earned one or more accrued seasons wouldn't have been eligible unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons. Now, the Jets might be more apt to keep only two quarterbacks, knowing they could re-sign Simms to the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers. Ryan said he's not married to keeping three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.