TOJ Know Your Opponent: New York Jets Week 1

Dalbin Osorio breaks down the New York Jets week 1 opponent, the Buffalo Bills

We are FINALLY back guys and gals, and after a stunning Thursday night road victory by the Kansas City Chiefs it is very possible that we are in for a wild, wild ride. Does this mean the Jets are going to win the Super Bowl? Well… most likely not, BUT the games still have to be played. The Jets kick this thing off with the Buffalo Bills in their home opener. Let’s get to know your opponent, Jets fans. #KYO

Offense
QB: Tyrod Taylor (61.7%, 17 TDs, 6 INTs, 3023 yards, 580 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns)
RB: Lesean McCoy (234 carries, 1267 yards, 50 receptions, 356 yards, 14 total TDs)
FB: Patrick Dimarco
WR: Jordan Matthews (73 receptions, 804 yards, 3 touchdowns)
WR: Zay Jones (R)
TE: Charles Clay (57 receptions, 552 yards, 4 TDs)
LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Richie Incognito
C: Eric Wood
RG: John Miller
RT: Jordan Mills
Key Acquisitions
WR Jordan Matthews, FB Patrick Dimarco, WR Zay Jones (via draft, #72 on TOJ Big Board)
Key Departures
Sammy Watkins (28 REC, 420 yards), Jerome Felton
Analysis
Offensive line was not very good in pass protection, as Taylor was sacked on about 9% of his dropbacks (42 times total): McCoy had another really good year, with a 5.4 yards per carry average, but two of his worst games of last year came against the Jets (20 carries for 69 yards over two games): offense was top 10 in points scored and top 16 in total yards, but it was not because of a passing game that ranked 30th overall in the league: The offense turned the ball over on only 7% of their drives, 3rd best in the league: they were the number one rushing team in the league last year.

Defense
LE: Shaq Lawson (2 sacks)
DT: Kyle Williams (5 sacks)
DT: Marcell Dareus (3.5 sacks)
RE: Jerry Hughes (6 sacks)
WILB: Ramon Humber
MLB: Preston Brown
SLB: Lorenzo Alexander (12.5 sacks)
RCB: EJ Gaines
SS: Micah Hyde
FS: Jordan Poyer
LCB: Tredavious White (R)
Key Acquisitions
CB Tredavious White (via draft, not on TOJ Top 100), EJ Gaines (acquired via Sammy Watkins trade)
Key Departures
CB Ronald Darby, LB Zach Brown, CB Stephon Gilmore, S Aaron Williams
Analysis
Were top 10 against the run and bring back their entire starting defensive line, but should be noted that they are transitioning to a 4-3 from a 3-4: entirely new secondary, with a rookie and a journeyman starting at corner and an undrafted free agent starting at free safety: Alexander was easily their best pass rusher, albeit in a contract year: defense gave up 13 300+ yard passing games, and only forced a turnover 9.3% of the time (good for 25th in the league)

Special Teams
K: Steven Hauschka (33/37 on FGs)
P: Colton Schmidt (42.4 yards per punt, long of 58)
KR/PR: Brandon Tate (22.8 Yards Per Kick Return, 11.2 Yards Per Punt Return)

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com 

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.