I grade each play on a 1 to 5 scale. Loss of yardage is rated a 0, no gain is rated a 1, a gain of 1-3 yards is rated a 2, gains of 4-6 are rated a 3, gains of 7-9 yards or are rated a 4, and gains of 10+ yards are rated a 5. TDs increase your overall grade by 10 points, and fumbles decrease your score by -5. I do it like this to factor in receptions, reward positive plays accordingly, and penalize negative plays accordingly. The total from the grades of each individual play are then converted to letter grades, with As representing (50 or higher), Bs (39-49), Cs (29-39), Ds (19-29), and Fs (0-18) being given out for total performance). Performance of the offensive line and available running space is also factored in.
Running Backs: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon, Alex Green
Total Carries: 37
Rushing Yards: 168
Yards Per Carry: 4.5
Total Touches: 40
Total Yards: 186
Yards Per Touch: 4.6
1. Bilal Powell, A
1st and 10 at the NYJ 20: Bilal lined up in the two back shotgun formation with Geno Smith and Tommy Bohanon in the backfield. Bilal followed a very good seal block by WIllie Colon, as well as a good lead block by Bohanon, up the middle and was able to gain 21 yards.
1st and 10 at the NYJ 41: Marty Morningwheg decided to break out the Jets version of the WIldcat with Bilal lined up in the shotgun and Geno lined up far wide. Bilal took the direct snap and ran right behind Vlad Ducasse, but Kiko Alonso stopped Powell for no gain.
Analysis: Powell delivered the finest game of his career, as he was able to shred the Bills defense repeatedly on his way to a 149 yard day. After that fine day, Powell is now the 7th leading rusher in the league, and his YPC (4.4) ranks him 11th out of all running backs through three weeks. Against the Bills, BP averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and did ALOT of his damage out of single back shotgun formations running behind Willie Colon and Austin Howard, although he did have a big gain in the 4th quarter that was in large part due to the run blocking of D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Vlad Ducasse. Powell also excelled in pass blocking situations and continued his good start to the season as a checkdown option and in the screen game.
2. Chris Ivory, F
Best Play: 2nd and 12 from the NYJ 18, Chris Ivory lined up in an i-back formation with fullback Tommy Bohanon as his lead blocker. Ivory took a handoff from Geno Smith and ran behind a solid black by right guard Willie Colon and was able to get five yards, his longest gain of the day.
Worst Play: First and 10 at the NYJ 20, Chris Ivory was lined up as the halfback in the I-formation and was stuffed by Bills outside linebacker Manny Lawson for a two yard gain. Vlad Ducasse got absolutely no push up front , and Lawson was able to wrap up the Kraken relatively easily.
Analysis: After seeing Marty Ball open the game with back to back runs called for Chris Ivory, and then seeing what Bilal Powell did to the Bills, I can’t help but feel like Sunday was a missed opportunity for the Kraken. Chris Ivory injured his hamstring (the same hamstring that sidelined him during the preseason) and was ruled out for the game. Ivory showed decisiveness on his five yard run, and it’s still surprising to see such a big guy be this agile. However, his day was cut short due to injury.
3. Tommy Bohanon, C
Best Play: 2nd and 5 at the NYJ 40, the Jets came out in a two rb shotgun formation with Hill, Kerley, and Holmes on the outside. This is actually a formation that Marty has used alot of so far, and it will be interesting to see Mike Goodson when he returns in this formation as a weapon in the passing game. Bohanon caught a nice pass by Geno and was able to pick up 9 yards before Arthur Moats tackled him.
Worst Play: 4th and 1 at the BUF 37, the Jets decided to go for it and Marty calls T-Bo’s number (this, I believe, would’ve been a spot where Ivory would’ve received the carry). T-Bo was stopped by Manny Lawson, in part cause of his lack of explosiveness when hitting the hole.
Analysis: Bohanon continues to be very good in terms of catching the ball out of the backfield. However, he leaves alot to be desired as a runner. He doesn’t hit holes very well, nor does he have a knack for following his blockers. However, he is a 7th round draft pick (not a seasoned fullback) so growing pains are to be expected.
4. Alex Green, C
Best Play: 1st and 10 at the NYJ 44, Alex Green lined up in the shotgun with Geno Smith and followed a solid block by Nick Mangold on Kyle Williams for a 5 yard gain.
Worst Play: 2nd and 5 at the NYJ 46, Green again lined up in the shotgun with Geno Smith, but Nick Mangold was pushed back off of his block by Marcelle Darius, which allowed Adam Carrington to stop Green for a four yard loss.
Analysis: Green gave the Jets, and Bilal Powell, another running back to use instead of giving Bilal 40 carries. Green showed good lateral quickness and good blitz recognition and, if Ivory is out for an extended period of time, may stick as the Jets continue to utilize all of their running backs.
The New York Jets have now put together back to back 100+ yard games on the ground, and have utilized the running game to protect Geno somewhat. Bilal ran the ball effectively, and Alex Green showed flashes. The concern is that Ivory is now hurt again and no one knows for how long just yet. Mike Goodson returns after the Tennessee game and, if Ivory is hurt, will be asked to serve as the primary 3rd down back while Powell serves as the “bell cow” of the offense. However, the Jets running backs ran with focus and purpose, and continue to catch passes and gain positive yardage. This is a strength of this team right now, and it’ll be interesting to see how they do against the Titans next Sunday. Until next time Jets Nation.