Jets news: Nathan Shepherd suspended six games for PEDs
The New York Jets suffered a narrow loss to the Buffalo Bills. Moreover, they have a tough game ahead in Week 2 as they prepare for the Cleveland Browns. Nathan Shepherd didn’t help with the team’s situation as he finds himself on the wrong end of the NFL’s anti-performance enhancing substance rule.
Shepherd, the second-string defensive tackle, is set to be suspended for six games for violating the league’s PEDs policy.
He revealed that he knowingly took the substances while he was recovering from shoulder and groin injuries. His desire to impress new coach Adam Gee was the main motivator for his decision to take the substances.
“All that was going on, I was coming off of a subpar season and a new coaching staff, new playbook, new everything,” Shepherd told Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. “In my mindset, I didn’t feel very confident with how everything had gone thus far. In my mind, I was so prepared to come into this offseason and have a successful offseason and train very hard.
“I felt that because of these limitations, I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I made a rash decision, an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be ready to go.”
Shepherd saw action through the 2018 season with the Jets as the team’s third-round selection. He made 15 tackles, one tackle for loss, and five QB hits in the sixteen games where he got the nod.