Thoughts On Jets First Quarter

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Some assorted thoughts on the first quarter of the Jets season, along with a few statistical projections:

- Mark ‘Freakin Sanchez – What a sharp turnaround over the past three games. Mark Sanchez seems to be progressing into the quarterback all of us hoped he would be. After four games in 2009, here were Sanchez’s stats followed by his stats so far this year:

  • 2009 – 63/110, 4 TDs, 5 INTs, 2 fumbles lost
  • 2010 – 60/103, 8 TDs, 0 INTs, 0 fumbles lost

Wow. What a change. The bottom line is that if Mark Sanchez protects the football and keeps playing at the level he did weeks 2-4, the Jets will be going 3-1 or 4-0 in the next three quarters of the season.

- LaDainian Tomlinson, Revived

  • Who would have thought that after four games, LaDainian Tomlinson would be on pace for this season:
  • 224 carries, 1364 yards, 12 touchdowns, 48 receptions, 328 yards

The Jets have to somewhat limit his number of touches so he doesn’t burn out, which is why Shonn Greene’s recent performance against the Bills was so encouraging. Greene is on pace for 208 carries for 892 yards. Could the Jets end up with two 1,000 yard rushers if Greene continues to pick it up?

- Receivers

Dustin Keller has stolen the show and established himself as the Jets top receiving target. He has on pace for 76 receptions, 1016 yards, and 20 (yes 20 touchdowns). Obviously, as teams begin to key on him and with the return of Santonio Holmes those numbers likely won’t carry out. Yet, there is no reason Keller shouldn’t be in double digits for touchdowns and flirt with 1,000 yards.

Braylon Edwards is on pace for 48 receptions, 908 yards, and 12 touchdowns. His yards per catch is extremely impressive at 18.9. There is no reason he can’t continue to be a big play threat and a red-zone target with the return of Holmes. I wouldn’t be stunned if his numbers didn’t fall too short of those projections.

Jerricho Cotchery is off to a slow start and is only on pace for 44 receptions, 360 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Many things the Jets do with Cotchery (namely the quick smoke screens) will likely fall to Holmes now. It will be interesting to see if the Jets can find a way to keep him involved in the offense. Maybe, with him fully embracing the slot receiver role, he can become a big time third down weapon.

Brad Smith is on pace for 316 rushing yards and is averaging 9.9 yards per carry. He also has a touchdown pass, a reception, and is probably the Jets overall best special teams player.

Defense

On defense, Shaun Ellis is on pace for 12 sacks. Let’s hope he can get back healthy next week. David Harris is leading the way with a pace for 92 tackles, with Bart Scott close behind en route to 84. Neither of them have recorded a sack yet but both have 2 tackles for a loss.

The Jets are on pace for 32 sacks in 2010. They had 32 sacks in 2009.

The Jets are on pace for 16 interceptions in 2010. They had 17 in 2009.

Unofficially, Kyle Wilson is on pace to allow 5,000 receiving yards and be called for 200 pass interference penalties.

Turning Point

In week 2, the Jets were getting beat up and down the field by the New England Patriots. They fell behind 7-0 on a Wes Welker touchdown in the second quarter and it felt like 0-2 could be on the way. However, the offense responded with a 12 play, 77 yard drive that ended in a Braylon Edwards touchdown. They haven’t looked back since.

Favorite Plays From Weeks 1 – 4

  • Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas demolishing Joe Flacco on the first defensive snap of the season.
  • Jason Taylor’s strip sack of Tom Brady to clinch a victory against New England.
  • Dustin Keller beating Yeremiah Bell on a fade for a first quarter touchdown against the Dolphins.
  • Drew Coleman’s game sealing interception against the Dolphins.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson breaking out the juke move for a 26 yard touchdown against the Bills.
  • Braylon Edwards smoking Leodis McKlevin for a 41 yard touchdown.

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