With Key Pieces of Last Year’s Team Gone, Jets Begin Laying a New Foundation

He did not explain why the Jets had not disclosed the injury before. It was revealed only as Maccagnan answered a question about why the Jets had used a fourth-round pick (141st over all) on Saturday to take Chad Hansen, a wide receiver from California.

That was the second straight pick the Jets had used on a receiver. They selected ArDarius Stewart, a wide receiver from Alabama, in the third round (No. 79) on Friday.

“We actually think we have a good group of young receivers, plus Eric,” Maccagnan said, calling Smith’s injury “unfortunate” and “a setback.” “I think going into it, we thought, ‘Hey, let’s make this thing more competitive.’”

The injury puts into question the future of Smith, a prospect whom the Jets heralded as having big-play ability coming out of Ohio State. Smith has torn the same ligament before,…

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