With wideouts Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman both trending toward returns from injury, there's a chance all three of the Jets starting wide receivers could be available on Monday night against the Patriots.
Considering it took until Week 7 for rookie Denzel Mims to make his debut, after battling injuries to his hamstrings dating back to training camp, the trio of receivers has yet to play together in a game this season.
Crowder (groin) was limited in practice on Saturday, but head coach Adam Gase that he looked good in workouts earlier in the week. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 6.
"After watching him run yesterday and kind of seeing all the drills he was doing, hopefully individual goes well and then we can progress from there," Gase said on Friday's Zoom call with reporters.
Perriman, working his way back from a concussion sustained late last month, participated in full during New York's second practice of the week.
The former first-rounder is officially out of concussion protocol as of Saturday, Gase said.
Therefore, if all goes well leading up to Monday night against New England, the Jets could finally have all their weapons at their disposal that they expected to work with this season.
"Let's get through today," Gase said on Zoom before the final practice of the week. "We're trending in a good direction."
Although last week featured a big 27-yard gain from Mims, it was Braxton Berrios that led the way for Gang Green with eight catches (and just 34 yards).
Through eight games, Crowder leads the Jets receivers with 383 yards (on a team-leading 29 catches and 46 targets). In four games, Perriman has reeled in 11 receptions for 118 yards. Mims, in his first two NFL contests, has six catches for 84 yards.
"They're working hard to get to this point, and we're excited to have them out there they've been doing great in practice and we're excited to be able to see them hopefully on Monday night," Sam Darnold said on Friday.
As much as good news has been flowing in for New York on their receivers, it looks like Darnold won't be out there feeding them the football against New England.
After aggravating his previously injured right shoulder on Sunday against the Chiefs, Darnold is now doubtful to play on Monday. Backup Joe Flacco will start in his place "unless something strange happens," Gase said on Saturday afternoon.
"I think it sucks for him," Gase said on Darnold not having a chance to play with the receivers this week. "I mean he's been waiting for those three guys to be together since the beginning. ... I hate it for him, I wish he had the opportunity to play with those three guys and he felt good, healthy and ready to go."