A little less than two weeks ago, excitement for a Jets season was an all time high. Sam Darnold in his second year, new weapons on offense and defense and some new uniforms. Now the Jets, as well as the fans, are in complete damage control after two games. The quarterback has mono, Jamal Adams is going through it, the Jets offensive line is a turnstile…you get the point. Here are the grades for Week 2.
Trevor Siemian was bad before he suffered his gruesome injury. Luke Falk wasn’t much better. But this is more of an indictment on the play calling and offensive line than it is the quarterback play. You don’t expect to get the same production from your backups but you can at least scheme to create easy throws and attempt to get them in a rhythm. The Jets did none of that and it was check down after check down after check down…please come back Sam.Running Back: A
Le’Veon Bell looks exactly like the guy the Jets paid for and the guy that the fanbase was excited about. When you can’t block up front and your quarterback can’t get the ball to his receivers, you need a back that can make something out of nothing. That’s exactly what Bell does. He’s the best player on the field whenever the Jets are on offense, which is especially helpful given what they’re trotting out there currently.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: D
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) September 18, 2019
Again, it’s tough to evaluate these groups with what the Jets are throwing out there but there were some standouts. Ryan Griffin looks absolutely lost out there. Jamison Crowder was a non factor. Demaryius Thomas had negative yards and then left the game. Robby Anderson had a couple of catches include a nice sideline catch but was a non factor. Le’Veon Bell was the best receiver.
Offensive Line: F
— Greg (@GregArmstrong_) September 17, 2019
The group did not play a single snap together all preseason and it shows. There’s no continuity across the line. Guys look lost out there. Ryan Kalil got benched late in the game. Kelvin Beachum got throttled by Myles Garrett all game long. Kelechi Osemele is on a milk carton. Brandon Shell played fine but you can’t have one offensive lineman play “fine” and expect your quarterback not to leave in a body bag. Changes need to be made due to the neglect of the position for years now. It’s not going to be a quick fix.
Defensive Line: F
Henry Anderson and Leo Williams are JAGs. They shouldn’t be playing based on what they did last year, their contracts or their names. If any of the guys on the depth chart show a better week of practice, play them. It’s frustrating about hearing how we’re waiting for the breakout game from a top six pick in his fifth year. It’s put up or shut up time. Theres a new GM in charge and if the production isn’t there then you’re not going to be here.
Given the debacle that the entire defense had when CJ Mosley left Week 1 against the Bills, the Jets linebackers had a fine game on Monday. Blake Cashman looked like an NFL linebacker for a good majority of the game. Jordan Jenkins left with an injury which doesn’t bode well for an already lacking pass rush. I thought Neville Hewitt was fine while Harvey Langi was okay. Tarell Basham is an intriguing guy. He had a good summer and has made a couple of plays in limited playing time so far this year. If Jenkins misses some time, I want to see more of Basham on the field.
We’re not going to talk about Jamal Adams here. Outside of the Odell Beckham Jr touchdown the Jets secondary played okay, especially given the talent discrepancy between them and the Browns skill position players. Nobody seemed to get torched like most thought. Even on the great Beckham sideline catch, Nate Hairston was in perfect coverage. Marcus Maye continues to look like his rookie year version as well. It’s also eye opening how well the unit played with Trumaine Johnson on the bench.
Special Teams: B
This would have been an A if it weren’t for Trenton Cannon being completely inept as a return man. Sam Ficken made a field goal. MetLife went into hysteria.
Gregg Williams coached his ass off. It’s very difficult for a guy who needs pressure and man to man corners for his defense to thrive, do that without either of those tools. He schemed well to confuse Baker Mayfield at times and was the sole reason that this game was as close as it was for as long as it was.
Adam Gase continues to revert back to his old Miami ways. Minimal throws downfield, bad scheming and constantly being bailed out by Le’Veon Bell. I get not having the personnel to hang with the Browns offense but you have to at least try different things. You can’t keep running bubble screens and swing passes and expect to score touchdowns. There’s no reason why in 2019 you can’t score a single touchdown. It doesn’t matter who’s playing quarterback. Put the ball in the end zone.