Is Nathan Shepherd general manager Mike Maccagnan's next draft bust?

Rookie's snap counts have gone down each of the last two games, including just 12 plays in Sunday's loss to the Titans

It might already be time to label defensive end Nathan Shepherd another draft bust for Mike Maccagnan.

Though only 12 games into his pro career, the third-round round pick out of Fort Hays St. has just 13 tackles, four quarterback hits and no sacks this season, and his playing time opposite Leonard Williams has mostly been usurped by Henry Anderson and Mike Pennel.

Even head coach Todd Bowles acknowledged Shepherd's struggles (something he usually doesn't do) in his Monday conference call with reporters.

"Goose (Anderson) and Mike have been playing better," Bowles said. "Obviously have a little more experience, but I think Sheps going to be a good player, but he's had some things to learn. So we just lightened his load a little bit."

The problem with Bowles' "going to be a good player" statement is when will that happen? Because of his circuitous route to the NFL, Shepherd is already 25 years old, an age when some players are already out of the league.

It wouldn't be shocking to me if the 6-4, 315-pound Shepherd didn't even make the team next year, which has been an ongoing issue with Maccagnan's draft picks.

Jets draft busts under Mike Maccagnan

Maccagnan came to the franchise in 2015, and he took 22 players in those first three drafts. Of those 22, only 11 remain with the team.

Pro Bowlers -- DE Williams, first round, 2015 (*only player left from that year's draft)

Soon-to-be-Pro Bowler -- SS Jamal Adams, first round, 2017

Starters -- ILB Darron Lee, first round, 2016; OLB Jordan Jenkins, third round, 2016; RT Brandon Shell, fifth round, 2016; P Lachlan Edwards, seventh round, 2016; FS Marcus Maye, second round, 2017 (but he's on I.R.).

Backups -- WR Charone Peake, seventh round, 2016; TE Jordan Leggett, fifth round, 2017; RB Elijah McGuire, sixth round, 2017; CB Derrick Jones, sixth round, 2017

Other than Darnold, this year's class seems to be a bust, except for tight end Chris Herndon. The fourth-rounder out of Miami has 28 catches for 345 yards and three touchdowns, and has taken the starting spot from Leggett/Eric Tomlinson.

CB Parry Nickerson hasn't done much (except amass penalties), DL Foley Fatukasi has been active in only one game this season, and RB Trenton Cannon is a work in progress.

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