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What were you happiest about in the New York Jets week 4 win?
Dalbin Osorio: Everything everyone said is what I was happy with, so I’ll go in a different direction and heap some praise for two veterans, the kicker and the QB. After the two turnovers, the team could have folded under a blown lead. However, McCown did not blink and made sure he got his team in field goal range for the game winner. McCown has been the consummate professional, and a big reason why an offense devoid of much talent has been able to hang around versus teams definitely better than them. Then Bing, who a lot of Jets fans said should’ve been cut for Ross Martin, showed resolve in drilling the kick through the uprights. He’s bounced back very well from a subpar season last year.
Scott Mason: With this Jets team, there is only one question to ask yourself as far as whether or not you were happy with the performance: Did the young talent play well? The answer against Jacksonville was yes, so smiles all around. Elijah McGuire was the big star with his 69 yard TD run, but Adams and Maye continued to play well, Ardariius Stewart showed some potential on kick returns, and Robby Anderson once again flashed his blazing speed. And as an added bonus, low-risk moves like Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Kony Ealy have continued to pay early dividends. Tank or no tank, there were encouraging signs for the future Sunday, and that is an excellent thing to see.
Joe Malfa: Kony Ealy. Far and away, Kony Ealy. First of all, he had a stellar game with four four batted passes, one of which popped straight in the air and fell right into his arms for an interception.He also added three QB pressures and posted a team-high 85.4 grade on PFF. He did all of this with a heavy heart, as he lost his sister earlier in the week. Hat tip to Ealy, who looks like he can be a mainstay and a building block on the edge for this team going forward. Nice find by Maccagnan.
David Aitken: The Jets won thanks to two moments of brilliance on the ground, and it’s exciting who delivered them. The Powell and McGuire combination created 250 total yards, as dominant a run performance I’ve seen since the early Rex days. McGuire in particular has come a long way very quickly. It’s easy to say you can find running backs anywhere in the draft, but it’s something else actually doing it. McGuire came in with a reputation for being more of a receiver than an inside runner, and here he is already making big plays on the ground. The Jets got better production out of a sixth rounder than Jacksonville got out of a top four pick (who also played well, fair enough). It’s nice to be on the side of some good drafting for once.
Mike Nash:How good was the running game? With Matt Forte out with a turf toe injury, Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell took advantage of the extra carries and completely dominated a strong Jaguars defense. While those two were terrific, credit has to be given to the offensive line, who for the most part had a solid day against a tough defensive line of Jacksonville.
On the defensive side, I was most impressed with Mo Claiborne. This is back to back weeks where he shutdown his man. Talent was never the issue for Claiborne, so it’s good to see him healthy making the plays that he has done his whole career when on the field.
Greg Armstrong: They finally gave the damn ball to Bilal Powell (and Elijah McGuire)! We on this site have been clamoring for months, hell we even made shirts, for the Jets to simply get the ball in Bilal Powell’s hands. He finally got the opportunity with Matt Forte out and he certainly didn’t disappoint, racking up 163 yards rushing including a 75 yard touchdown run. He even had 4 catches for 27 yards.
Elijah McGuire ran for 93 yards, including a 69 yard touchdown run. Both guys looked quick and hit the hole hard as they both showed the Jets coaching staff that Matt Forte should be a thing of the past. Summing up what I’m most happy about, it’s not more so the fact that they got the ball but they both made the most of their opportunities and proved they should be the one-two punch in the Jets backfield.
Kyle Fahey: At the end of the day, I’m very happy with a win. This team has shown they love Coach Bowles, they will fight for him even with all the news, rumors, and accusations. The young players seem to be buying into the message and are playing like they are buying into the scheme. Progress and a QB is what I wanted out of this year, it seems I may get half of my wishes.
Daniel Essien: I was happiest about the Jets’ running game and in particular the development of Eli McGuire. He seems to get better with each passing week and he looks now like an ideal 3rd down/change of pace back for their offense. We already knew he has great hands for a RB but now we’re starting to see his impressive, break away speed and his ability to devastate defenders when isolated one-on-one. We should see McGuire continue to spell Bilal Powell, who will likely continue as the feature back with Forte hurt. Look for offensive coordinator, John Morton to get more and more creative with how he gets McGuire the ball.
Jared Scherl: There were a number of things to be happy with from the Jets’ 23-20 victory over the Jaguars. From Bowles’ aggressive play calling with a fake punt, to Kony Ealy’s breakout performance, there wasn’t much to be disappointed with. I was most impressed with the production from the running back position. Bilal Powell has been criminally underused for years now, and it seems as if every time he gets consistent reps he’s the Jets’ most explosive player. We also got our first true taste of rookie Elijah McGuire, who ran for 93 yards, scored his first professional touchdown, and broke Jaguars’ ankles left and right.
Mike Maccagnan desperately needed a strong 2017 draft, as his first two classes are basically barren. Getting immediate production from a 6th round pick definitely helps his case to be the man to oversee this rebuild. (Oh, and Matt Forte should never touch the ball for the Jets again.)
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