Week 2: New York Jets Three Up, Three Down

Mike Nash with three up and three down on the New York Jets heading into week 3…

It is time for the weekly edition of three up and three down looking back at Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders:

THREE UP 

WR Jermaine Kearse: It is obvious that QB Josh McCown has great chemistry in a short time with the veteran WR. Kearse finished the game with 4 catches for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the defeat. Kearse had his way at times with Raiders CB David Amerson, which is great to see going forward. I would like to see Kearse’s targets increase as the season goes on. More Kearse and Stewart, less Kerley and Forte, please.

S Jamal Adams: I know it is only two games into his career, but Jamal Adams already looks like a special player. The play that stands out to me from the game was when the Raiders handed the ball off to Marshawn Lynch near the endzone. Lynch broke two tackles early in the backfield and had what looked to be a walk in touchdown. Adams, coming all the way over from the other side of the field, hurdled a teammate on the ground and was able to catch up to Lynch and bring him down for a short game. For any player to bring down Lynch like that is impressive. For a rookie in his second career game? Incredible.

S Marcus Maye: After a tough week 1, Maye was very impressive in his first career road game. The young safety out of Florida led the Jets defense in tackles, finishing with 7. While it can’t be said for some of his teammates, Maye did not miss a tackle on Sunday and was very solid in pass coverage. Maye will be put to the test again this week when the Jets take on Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins.

THREE DOWN

LB Darron Lee: Week 2 was even worse than week 1 for the former first-round linebacker. All day long, Lee was blown off the ball by the Raiders offensive line. Lee also struggled mightily in pass coverage, allowing the tight end to spring free multiple times. It is obvious that Lee is having a hard time at ILB this year. It might be time for the Jets to think of other ways to use him.

WR Kalif Raymond: You pretty much have one main job as a punt returner. Catch the ball. On Sunday, Raymond fumbled a punt inside the Jets 10-yard line, killing all momentum the Jets had after making it a one-score game right before halftime. Four plays later, the Raiders scored again making it an 11 point game at halftime. Ultimately, Raymond was released on Monday, likely meaning we will see Jeremy Kerley take over the punt return duties. Fair catches are about to make a comeback.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson: What happened to Big Mo? After a rough 2016 season, Wilkerson has been close to invisible in back to back weeks to start the season. Wilkerson’s poor play has really hurt the defense. With him not being viewed as much of threat at this point, opposing defenses are doubling Leonard Williams, pretty much taking him out of most plays.

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