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Twelve positive and/or encouraging stats from the 2017 New York Jets season. Next week, we’ll break down negative/discouraging ones…
1 – Young Amazing: Robby Anderson was 12th in the NFL in catches of 20 yards or more with 17 and of all receivers with 60 receptions, he had the sixth highest yards per catch at 14.9. Anderson has also had more receptions and yards than any receiver drafted in 2016 outside of Tyreek Hill and Micheal Thomas.2 – Just Give Him The Ball: Over the past two seasons Bilal Powell has only received 19 or more carries four times. In those four games his rushing totals were: 145 yards, 122 yards, 163 yards and 145 yards. Powell had the 16th highest elusive rating in the NFL via PFF and was 1st in the NFL in Breakaway Percentage. Of all backs with 175 carries or more, Powell ranked 9th in yards per carry at 4.3. Of all backs with 175 carries or more, Powell had the fourth most runs of 20 yards or longer.
3 – The Spread: The 2017 Jets were 8-6-2 against the spread and had three of their five wins come against AFC playoff teams (Jacksonville, Buffalo, and Kansas City). They were 8-8 on hitting their over/under number.
4 – Big Cat: Leonard Williams was 16th in the NFL among 3-4 Defensive Ends in “Stop Percentage” via PFF. Williams also finished with 17 quarterback hits, first among all 3-4 Defensive Ends.
5 – The Rooks: At 98.5%, Jamal Adams played the 15th highest percentage of snaps for his team of all defensive backs in the NFL He was 13th in PFF’s Run Stop Percentage metric on plays within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage. Marcus Maye played 95.2% of the Jets defensive snaps in 2017 and finished 7th in PFF’s rating of receptions allowed compared to the amount of snaps he spent in coverage.6 – A Resurgence: Demario Davis led the Jets in total snaps, tackles and sacks. He was second in the NFL among inside linebackers in total sacks with five and his 24 pressures was first in the NFL at his position.
7 – Left Tackle: Kelvin Beachum played 100% of the Jets offensive snaps in his first year with the team. He only allowed 4 sacks which was tied for 26th in the NFL. He was ranked 13th in pass blocking efficiency by PFF.
8 – Right Tackle: Second year player Brandon Shell finished ranked 23rd in pass blocking efficiency by PFF, allowing 6 sacks. He played 67% of the Jets offensive snaps.
9 – Kick Life: Chandler Catanzaro made 83.3% of his kicks last season, went 2-2 from beyond 50 yards and didn’t miss a single extra point. He also did not miss any field goals under 40 yards. Lachlan Edwards was 11th in the NFL in yards per punt average and tied for 3rd in kicks downed inside the 20 yard line.
10 – Good Moves: The Jets released receiver Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, who combined for less receptions, yards and touchdowns than Jermaine Kearse who they acquired via the Sheldon Richardson trade. Calvin Pryor, who the Jets traded for Demario Davis (production listed above), finished with 1 tackle in 2017.
11 – Kind Of Close: In Josh McCown’s 13 starts, the Jets only lost two games by double digits (Oakland and Denver). The Jets lost 6 of their 11 games by one possession or less.
12 – Downfield: The Jets had 11 different players with a reception of 25 yards or longer (Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Eric Tomlinson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, ArDarius Stewart, Jeremy Kerley, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Neal Sterling and Marcus Williams).
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