New York Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders is one of the more intriguing players on the team’s roster, and he has a chance to be a real difference-maker in his first season as one of the members of a new-look Jets pass-catching group that features big-name free agent signing Eric Decker, as well as three notable draft picks in TE Jace Amaro (he’s struggled mightily thus far, though), Saunders, and Shaq Evans. Based on reports this offseason, Saunders has been the most impressive of the three so far, and that shouldn’t be a huge surprise to those who watched him closely at Fresno State and Oklahoma, though it is interesting to see Amaro struggle this much.
According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, the Jets have announced that Saunders was involved in a single-car accident this morning on the way to the Jets practice facility, and he was taken to the hospital and, per the Jets, “is being monitored as a precaution”. The word “precaution” means that he’s okay, but it’s still a scary incident. We can only hope that Saunders has indeed been involved in something minor, which looks to be the case.
That said, Saunders will not travel to Cincinnati for the team’s preseason tilt against the Bengals, and it’s good to see that he’ll be held out of the game as a precaution. While rookies need these games in their development, Saunders’s role with the team is safe, and it doesn’t sound like he’s hurt badly in the crash. All updates will be important at this stage, but early indications are that nothing overly serious transpired. Again, all we can do is keep our hopes up for Saunders, who seems like a good guy, in addition to being a talented player for the Jets.