Jets vs. Jaguars: Grade Report

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Quarterbacks (C) – It wasn’t Mark Sanchez’s finest effort (17/24, 182, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) but it was more than enough. He must do a better job of protecting the football and not forcing passes into traffic. Sanchez and this offense are capable of being one of the AFC’s best as we saw on their two scoring drives, but they must find more consistency.

Running Backs (C) – Tough sledding for Shonn Greene with 16 carries for 49 yards. He had a little more punch than last week but the running game still has a ways to go. LaDainian Tomlinson was quiet with 15 total yards.

Wide Receivers (B) – A quiet day after the Santonio Holmes touchdown on the first drive. Plaxico Burress didn’t record a reception and the Jets must do a better job of getting him involved early. Derrick Mason had only one catch for 7 yards and still doesn’t appear to be on the same page as Mark Sanchez.

Tight Ends (A) – Another big game for Dustin Keller who finished with 101 yards receiving and a touchdown. Matthew Mulligan and Jeff Cumberland also played extensively, with Mulligan even chipping in 2 receptions.

Offensive Line (D) – Nick Mangold’s high ankle sprain is obviously bad news for this unit, who was struggling anyway. Hopefully he can be back before the New England game, if not Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson will have to help Colin Baxter hold his own. Wayne Hunter had his second straight rough outing. Where you at Damien Woody?

Defensive Line (A) – Very exciting to see rookie first round pick Muhammad Wilkerson break through for his first sack and turn it into a safety. Mike DeVito led the Jets with 5 tackles.

Linebackers (A) – Bart Scott had another sack and Calvin Pace was in the face of Luke McCown all day. Josh Mauga recorded his fist career interception.

Secondary (A) – Two interceptions from Antonio Cromartie, along with blanket coverage from him and Darrelle Revis. Kyle Wilson is looking better each week in the nickel role. Eric Smith grabbed an interception and should have had at least two more.

Special Teams (A) – 3/3 on field goals from Nick Folk and a pair of big returns from Cromartie.

Coaching (A) – Hard to give them anything else after a 32-3 win, although I do think Sanchez should have been pulled a little earlier.

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