FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Devin Smith might be ready for his NFL debut this Monday, the New York Jets rookie wide receiver having lost the past month due to an injury suffered in training camp.
The Jets secondround pick out of Ohio State, Smith suffered the injury to his ribs in training camp but returned to the practice field this week looking ready to contribute. Smith was a full participation in practice for a second straight day, signalingthat he likely will be well enough to play Monday night at the Indianapolis Colts.
“It’s been good, I’m feeling pretty good,” Smith said on Friday.
“Right now I’mnot sure where I’m at. I have to see the trainers where I’m at. I’m moving around, feeling pretty good. Have to talk to the trainers, see what they got.”
He wouldn’t commit to a role on Monday night nor would head coach Todd Bowles who said that “”He practiced well, he had a full practice. It’ll come down togameday.”
That’s up to the trainers. Me personally, I feel fine. There could be something else going on, just don’t know,” Smith said.”I’m going to stick with the trainers, see what their plan is and go from there.”
Smith could become an option in the slot or on the edge when he comes back. His return could mean an even smaller role for wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who had just one snap last week on offense.