Somehow someway, the New York Jets found a way to hang in there with the Saints on Sunday and almost walked out with a win, but they settled for another competitive loss instead.
Even though they gave up 31 points, the defense played one of its best games of the season. Xavier Cooper, #75 in your programs, was solid playing in place of the benched/suspended/late/soon to be ex-Jet, Muhammad Wilkerson.
Let’s take a look at this week’s three up/three down..
WR Chad Hansen – He did not light up the stat sheet or anything like that, but Hansen has shown flashes of being a very dependable wide receiver for the Jets moving forward. Late in the game on Sunday, Hansen was able to come down with a very tough, tightly contested Bryce Petty pass. While he does not see a lot of playing time, Hansen has made the most of his opportunities. Hopefully, he gets more of a chance the last two games of the season.
DL Leonard Williams – Big Cat may have had his best game of the season while Mo Wilkerson was sitting at home watching the game. Take that however you want, but against the Saints Leo was able to record his first career interception, snatching a Drew Brees pass right out of the air. The stats are not there for him this season, but to his credit, Williams gives you 110% every single snap and has a good amount of QB hurries. It is a shame the Jets have no edge rushers or other defensive ends to help him consistently get after the QB.CB Buster Skrine – Buster has been unbelievable the last few weeks. After struggling badly for the majority of the season, Skrine has completely shut down his man the past few weeks, and that continued against Brees and the Saints. While it looked unlikely a few weeks back, Skrine is playing himself on the Jets 2018 roster.
DL Mo Wilkerson – Wilkerson has played his last snap as a member of the Jets. Nothing else needs to be said.
LB Darron Lee – Sunday was not Darron Lee’s day…. at all. The former first-round pick could not find a way to bring down Saints running back Mark Ingram, who was consistently hitting Lee with vicious stiff arm after vicious stiff arm. It has been an up and down year for the young linebacker.QB Bryce Petty- Petty was not terrible against the Saints, so that is a positive… right? To summarize it quickly, Petty made some nice throws, notably a beautiful sideline throw to running back Elijah McGuire for a long gain, but he also had some terrible throws, throws where he locks in on one receiver, does not scan the field and struggles with his footwork, causing him to be inconsistent.