The New York Jets received some devastating news last weekend when No. 1 WR Quincy Enunwa was lost for the season with a bulging disk in his neck.
Now, as the Jets prepare for their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night, the team needs rookie WR ArDarius Stewart — a third-round pick out of Alabama — to step up and help the depleted receiving corps this year.
Stewart, who battled injuries all spring, told NJ.com that he and his teammates understand what’s being asked of them:
“The young guys are going to have to grow up,” Stewart said simply.
Stewart said he’s happy with some of the progress he’s made, but knows the rest of this preseason will be very important for his development as the 2017 regular season approaches:
“I’ve done a lot of great things out here, but I’ve also done a lot of things that I need to improve on,” he said. “I’m not as comfortable [with assignments] as I could be, or as I should be right now. I’m still in the learning process.”
Not much is expected of the Jets this season, but Stewart has an opportunity to earn some valuable playing time as a rookie.
If he can fill a big role on the Jets’ offense this fall, it will only help him as his career progresses.