It wasn’t pretty, but the Jets were able to hang on an defeat the Cleveland Browns to move to 3-2 on the season and head back home for a battle with the Patriots with 1st place on the line. Let’s take a look back at three players that impressed, and three that struggled vs. the Browns.
CB Morris Claiborne – Claiborne always had the skills, but never could stay on the field during his time in Dallas. While it is only five games into the season, Claiborne has been phenomenal. Against the Browns, Claiborne was able to intercept an errant Kevin Hogan pass and return it all the way down to the 13-yard line. Two plays later, the Jets were able to score a touchdown to give them the lead for good. Claiborne has been everything the Jets could have hoped for when they signed him and more.
S Marcus Maye – He was close to getting an interception the past few weeks, but against the Browns and Deshone Kizer, the rookie safety was finally able to get one. On 3rd and goal for the Browns, Maye undercut the route the tight end was running and caught a Kizer pass in stride for his first career interception. Maye, who has been solid against the run, has been most impressive in pass defense. Sunday was likely the first INT of many for the former Florida Gator.
LB Demario Davis – I have to give credit where credit is due. I had no faith in DD before the season. I thought he was a downgrade to David Harris, who now can’t get on the field for the Patriots. I am happy to say that I was wrong. Davis was great once again this week, this time against his former team, registering 6 solo tackles and 4(!) QB hits.
DE Muhammad Wilkerson – Let’s just say it like it is. Wilkerson has been terrible this year. Personally, I believe that Wilkerson is more hurt than the Jets are letting on. He is too good of a player to be this much of a non-factor week after week. In Cleveland, he finished the game just two tackles and had two costly penalties.
DE Leonard Williams – I have been giving Leo a pass so far this season. With Wilkerson being a non-factor on the field, and Sheldon Richardson a member of the Seahawks, teams are starting to double team the former USC star, making sure he is not the one to do any damage. This week is huge for Williams. The Jets do not stand a chance against Tom Brady if they do not get pressure on him early and often. This is a big test for Williams and the entire defensive line.
RB Bilal Powell – Unfortunately for Powell and the Jets, the veteran running back hurt his calf early in the game vs. Cleveland, and is now questionable for Sunday’s game against New England. Powell is a terrific player, but durability has always been an issue for him.
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