They tried to lose it, but the New York Jets were able to sneak out a 23-20 overtime victory over the Jaguars in week 4, giving the team back-to-back wins. Let’s take a look back at three players that impressed, along with three players trending in the wrong direction…
RB Elijah McGuire – Talk about making the most of an opportunity. With starter Matt Forte out nursing a turf toe injury, the Jets went into the game with Powell and McGuire manning the running duties. On the day, McGuire finished the game with 93-yards on 10 carries, with the highlight being a 69-yard touchdown run. McGuire is a physical back, but also proved on Sunday that he has the speed to break loose for a long run.
RB Bilal Powell – Underutilized for years, Bilal Powell showed the Jets just how good he can be while he ran all over the Jaguars defense. Powell finished the game with 163-yards on 21 carries, breaking off a 75-yard touchdown run early in the game. Powell also had 4 catches for 27-yards. Powell proved Sunday that he deserves a bigger role in the offense.
DE Kony Ealy – After losing his sister early in the week, the Jets gave Ealy the option on if he wanted to play on Sunday or not. Ealy not only played, but he might have been the best player on the entire defense. Ealy had four (!) pass deflections, one of them in which he batted a Blake Bortles pass up, and caught it on the way down for an interception which ultimately led to a Jets field goal. You can imagine Ealy was playing with a heavy heart on Sunday, and he played great. Good for you, Mr.Ealy.
RB Matt Forte – When your teammates rush for over 250-yards in your absence, it is probably not a good thing for your role when you return. Powell and McGuire were terrific against the Jaguars with Forte out. At this point, Forte should be nothing more than an expensive rotational running back. He just does not have the burst his fellow teammates do running the ball at this stage in his career.
WR Chad Hansen – Hansen really did not do anything to make his stock fall, but the return of Jalin Marshall is not a good thing for Hansen as he looks to contribute in his rookie season. Hansen has been inactive the past few weeks, and this will likely continue with Marshall back. Year one is looking like nothing more than a development year for the former California star wideout.
LB Dylan Donahue– Injuries are the worst. Unfortunately for Donahue, his season is over after suffering a serious elbow injury that will require surgery. Donahue, a 25-year old rookie, will likely be fighting for a roster spot in training camp next season.
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