New York Jets – Week 8 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his breakdown of the New York Jets secondary heading into week 9…

Coming off a loss against Minnesota, the Jets responded with an ugly, lifeless loss versus the Chicago Bears, falling 24-10.There’s not many positive things to say about New York’s performance in this game, as they struggled to make plays on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they held the Bears passing game in check as the secondary forced Mitchell Trubisky into some errant throws. However, for the second straight week, the secondary failed to make any impact plays to give a sputtering offense any sparks.

Facing a Bears’ offense that seems to have found its groove as of late, the Jets were able to hold Trubisky to 16-29 for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. Outside of a 70-yard touchdown pass to Tarik Cohen, which was more a result of the playcalling than anything, the secondary contained the passing attack for most of the afternoon. Overall, it was a pretty uneventful day for this defensive unit, but yet again they were unable to capture any of the momentum, finishing with 0 turnovers.

With Marcus Maye and Buster Skrine back in the fold, the hope was the secondary could force Trubisky into some bad decisions to give the banged up offense some more opportunities and better field position. While the second year quarterback had his issues at times, the defense didn’t apply enough pressure and failed to capitalize on any of his mistakes.

That being said, let’s look at some studs and duds from week 8:

 Stud: CB Darryl Roberts

Roberts has really been playing well as of late, logging another strong performance as the Jets starting outside corner. Roberts was solid in coverage throughout the day and was able to put a stop to a few deep shots to Taylor Gabriel. He isn’t the most talented corner in the league, but he’s improving each week and has been successfully using his speed to limit big gains and playing tight on shorter routes. Things are looking up for Roberts, as he’s been able to hold off Rashard Robinson and seemingly has earned more playing time even once Trumaine Johnson returns.

 Dud: CB Buster Skrine

The Jets welcomed Skrine back to the lineup after he missed the last two games due to injury. He wasn’t targeted much, but did give up a short touchdown to Anthony Miller on a 3rd and goal from the four yard line. Jets fans are all too familiar with this, as Skrine actually was in position to make a play on the ball but turned around a bit too late. These are plays you’d like to see Skrine make, as a pass breakup likely would’ve held Chicago to a field goal, making the score 10-3 as opposed to New York being down two scores.

 Stud: CB Morris Claiborne

 It was a quiet game for Claiborne, who rarely had his name called during the game. By all accounts, that’s a positive sign for a cornerback. Claiborne was solid yet again and played tight coverage, closing quickly on passes headed his way. Claiborne has filled in nicely for Trumaine Johnson and he should continue to play at a high level, especially once he reverts back to his role as the team’s number two corner.

Dud: S Jamal Adams

In my opinion, this was Adams’ worst game of the year, which goes to show how important he’s been for the defense thus far. Adams didn’t hold contain on multiple Trubisky runs and wound up being out of place as a result. He missed a key tackle on a big gain to Trey Burton and although Adams was getting into the backfield pretty consistently, he was unable to finish. The hope is, with him being such a good player around the line of scrimmage, he’ll start to make more plays on the quarterback. I fully expect this to be the case and believe this week was just a blip on the radar in an otherwise strong sophomore season.

 Week 9 Outlook

The Jets travel to Miami to take on the Brock Osweiler led Dolphins in week 9. As many Jets fans remember, New York put together arguably one of their worst performances of the season against Miami back in week 2, but still had a legitimate shot to win the game. With Osweiler at the helm, there’s no reason this shouldn’t be a strong game for the secondary, especially considering there’s a shot Johnson may return.

With the secondary starting to get healthy again, this matchup couldn’t come at a better time. Albert Wilson, who had a big game against New York the first go around, is out for the year and Kenny Stills has been battling injuries of his own. That leaves Danny Amendola and DeVante Parker as the top two pass catching options. Because of the lack of talent at receiver and quarterback, I fully expect the Jets to get after Osweiler and get back in the business of creating turnovers. It’s time for New Jack City to bounce back…