On Sunday, the New York Jets lost a heartbreaker, 24-17 to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to end the Jets 3 game winning streak. Let’s take a look at three players that impressed, and three players that struggled.
THREE UPCB Buster Skrine – Buster might have played his best game as a member of the Jets on Sunday. The veteran CB was able to record an INT on an errant Brady pass, along with recording two pass deflections and was solid in run defense. Skrine was arguably the best defender on the field for the Jets. While he had a terrific game, Skrine dropped a would-be interception when the Jets had a 10-0 lead. Who knows how the game would have gone if he held on.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – In the stat sheet it says that ASJ only scored one touchdown, but we all know he should have had two touchdowns. After seeing thousands of replays, you still can’t tell me that the NFL made the correct call ruling that he fumbled the ball into the endzone. That play changed the entire game. Aside from that, ASJ has turned into a big-time weapon for Josh McCown and the Jets.
LB Darron Lee – I have been a tough critic when it comes to Lee’s play this year. But credit where credit is due, the second-year linebacker stepped up and played a good game against the Patriots. Maybe it is just me, but Lee seems more confident in the running game, filling holes without hesitation and letting his speed and athleticism show. Hopefully, he continues his strong play going forward.
THREE DOWNS Jamal Adams – It is not easy to cover Rob Gronkowski, and Adams learned that on Sunday. After being called for pass interference, a call that I disagreed with, Brady targeted his star tight end quite a bit. Adams struggled a bit in coverage, but that is to be expected. Facing the best will only help Adams continue to grow as a player. I am looking forward to the matchup later this season to see how Adams plays him differently.
DE Mo Wilkerson – I don’t want to question a players effort and heart, but it looks like Wilkerson is just going thru the motions out there. If his shoulder is a big issue and he is not 100% healthy, it might be better for him, and the team, if he sits out a couple of weeks. The Wilkerson on the field now is a shell of the player he was just a few seasons ago.
RB Matt Forte – Using Forte in the passing game is a great strategy. Giving Forte a lot of carries every game is not. At this point in his career, Forte just does not have the speed or burst to be a productive every down back. How many more times do we need to see him run right behind the center for a two-yard gain on 2nd and 7? More Powell and McGuire, less Forte.
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