Jets place Elijah Moore on IR as bad injury luck continues – New York Post

Jets place Elijah Moore on IR as bad injury luck continues – New York Post

The Jets’ run of bad injury luck continued Saturday, when the team placed rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore on injured reserve.

Moore has been dealing with a quad injury and was not expected to play Sunday against the Saints, but head coach Robert Saleh had been optimistic earlier this past week that the injury was not that serious. Now, Moore will be out for at least three games, and the Jets only have five games left.

The second-round pick out of Mississippi has been the Jets’ most consistent performer on offense over the last six weeks, making a big leap as a player since late October. In the past six games, Moore had 34 catches for 459 yards and five touchdowns.

The Jets were already thin at wide receiver because they placed Corey Davis on IR this past week after he had season-ending core muscle surgery. The Jets’ top receivers now are Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims and Braxton Berrios.

Moore is the second high-profile Jets rookie to land on IR. Running back Michael Carter is on IR with a high ankle sprain, but he is eligible to return next week.

Jets receiver Elijah Moore was placed on the IR on Saturday.
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There have been plenty of questions about when the Jets will get starting left tackle Mekhi Becton back, but his replacement has been doing just fine.

George Fant, one of the pleasant surprises for the Jets this year, moved from right to left tackle following Becton’s Week 1 knee injury and he has flourished.

PFF ranks Fant 39th out of 81 tackles this season. He has allowed one sack, three quarterback hits and 13 hurries this season, per PFF. Last week against the Eagles, Fant allowed no pressures on 42 pass-blocking snaps.

“I think I’m just settling in,” said Fant, who was a college basketball player before joining the Seahawks in 2016. “You’ve got to remember this is my sixth year playing football. I think it’s just a testament to me just kind of understanding the game more, understanding what works for me. It’s kind of settling in as a ballplayer.”

George Fant
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Fant’s place on the team seemed to be in question when the Jets signed Morgan Moses in June. It appeared Moses would take Fant’s job at right tackle and Becton would be at left tackle. But Fant won the right tackle spot in training camp and then made the move to left once Becton went down.

Fant said the Moses signing was not motivation for him.

“I’ve never been the kind of player who needs a fire under me,” Fant said. “Competition, that’s what this league is. The day you sign is the day they want to find your replacement. Seeing Morgan come here was cool. This is my guy. We’ve been friends a long time. I didn’t look at it like a slap in the face. It’s just competition.”

Saleh said it’s easy to see how Fant is settling in on the left side.

“You think about George, he bounces from the left to the right and he keeps going back and forth,” Saleh said. “In Seattle, he played guard, tackle, tight end. He’s never really had a chance to call anything home. With all the time Mekhi missed in OTAs and training camp, he played a lot of left tackle because Morgan was here. And so, he’s really gotten comfortable over there, he’s been producing a lot, obviously.”