It was miserable, windy day at MetLife Stadium on Sunday and it was miserable performance from Sam Darnold and co. They were plagued by miscues and undisciplined football, similar to that of the past four years under Todd Bowles. Here’s my Week 7 report card.
Sam Darnold had his worst game of the season Sunday. He was going up against a talented Vikings defense without his best receiver in a windstorm. The offensive line held up well but there were throws where you had to shake your head of how he didn’t make them. He sailed some wide open guys, was throwing off his back foot and just made some really dumb decisionsNow there was some good on Sunday. Darnold looked more comfortable making throws into tight windows but his receivers didn’t do him any justice. He tested the Vikings downfield some but didn’t convert. That’s okay if he hits those more in the second half of the season going into next year. With every game he plays, it’s about taking the good with the bad.
Running Backs: D
The Jets got next to nothing from their running backs on Sunday. Isaiah Crowell still doesn’t look 100% and Bilal Powell went out with a neck injury. Trenton Cannon let the team in receiving with four receptions for 69 yards including a 35 yard reception on a wheel route.
Crowell struggled in pass protection and had a key drop. Cannon is really only useful as a receiver. If Powell is out for an extended period of time, it’s going to hurt the Jets not only running the ball but in pass protection and receiving as Powell is the best RB on the roster at all of those.Wide Receivers: D
Oh boy. When the leading receiver is a running back and you’re losing the whole game, you’ve had a rough day at the office. Robby Anderson three receptions for 44 yards but was overthrown by Darnold on a would be long touchdown and had a drop on a long pass in the first half. Jermaine Kearse did nothing and didn’t look right.
The next leading wide receiver on the team? Andre Roberts with a measly two receptions for 21 yards. It was just a bad day for the group as whole. They didn’t have the personnel that they’ve had all year and it showed.
Tight Ends: BChris Herndon continues to round into shape and is the clear cut best receiving tight end on the roster. He had four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Eric Tomlinson had a huge drop on a third and 12 but did well in pass pro. Neal Sterling had a drop on a nice pass from Darnold but other than that did nothing. I’m not sure why Tomlinson is being used as a receiver but those reps should go to Herndon.
Offensive Line: B-
The offensive line held up pretty well as a unit but the main takeaways is Spencer Long. He has the finger injury but if you’re healthy enough to play, you should be healthy enough to snap the ball. He had another bunch of bad snaps on Sunday. Other than that, I thought they held up well for a team that was forced to throw the ball 40+ times.
Defensive Line: C+
Sunday was a rough one for the Jets defensive line. They didn’t get killed in the run game but when it mattered they couldn’t get a stop. Latavius Murray burned the Jets for two touchdowns. They batted some balls down which is encouraging but we still need to see Leonard Williams play up to his draft selection or even just 75% of it on a consistent basis.
Brandon Copeland had a sack which should have been a safety and tallied a tackle for loss as he’d been a fun surprise to come out of this linebacker unit. I thought they tackled well but still didn’t do well run stopping. From the numbers out this group is very good in regards to tackling but in the middle of the field they get killed in the passing game and run game.
The Jets secondary played very well on Sunday. Even on the two touchdowns they gave up, Darryl Roberts and Morris Claiborne were in great position. After giving up the touchdown to Thielen, Roberts came back and held his own for the rest of the game. He had a couple of pass breakups and limited YAC from Diggs and Thielen.
Moving forward, you hope to get Trumaine Johnson back because Darryl Roberts probably won’t be able to sustain this level of play for an extended amount of time.
Special Teams: C
Lachlan Edwards fumbled on a punt. Andre Roberts fumbled a couple of times on punt returns. It wasn’t great but Roberts did have a good return to bring the grade up a bit.
I thought the Jets had a good game plan coming into this. Take a couple of shots against the Vikings defense and don’t allow the big play on defense. They executed it well but got burned a couple of times which is enough.
Jeremy Bates called a fairly good game. I would have liked to see more of the uptempo offense that led to the Chris Herndon touchdown but there was some spurts of it.
Now the Parry Nickerson play. I don’t necessarily put that on coaching. I put that more on the players for not realizing something like that and not being aware of what happened.