New York Jets – Week 10 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his breakdown of the New York Jets secondary after a crushing week 10 loss to the Buffalo Bills…

The Jets continued to struggle in week 10, putting forth their worst performance of the season in an ugly effort against the Buffalo Bills. While it was a bad game on both sides of the ball, the secondary especially struggled, which is concerning considering they were facing an offense led by Matt Barkley. For some perspective, Barkley was signed off the street less than a month ago to replace Nathan Peterman as the Bills’ starting quarterback – Buffalo was still able to put up 41 points in this game…

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New York Jets – Week 9 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his breakdown of the New York Jets secondary heading into week 10…

In what was an all around ugly game, the Jets dropped their third straight, falling to the Dolphins 13-6. The offense struggled once again, but the defense did everything it could to keep the game close. As for the secondary, it certainly helped to face a team led by Brock Osweiler, as the group put forth their best performance in weeks, limiting Miami’s passing attack to 139 yards. The secondary did it without Trumaine Johnson, who will be returning in week 10 after missing five games due to a quad injury. (more…)

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. (more…)

New York Jets – Week 7 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his breakdown of the New York Jets secondary heading into week 8…

After two straight wins, the Jets came back down to earth in week 7, losing 37-17 to the Minnesota Vikings. In a game not many people thought New York could win, the Jets, with key injuries on both sides of the ball, actually kept it close into the second half. However, sloppy play and the inability to capitalize on mistakes led to the Vikings pulling away as the day unfolded. Speaking of injuries, the secondary was once again without Trumaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and Marcus Maye, but played better than expected for the majority of the afternoon. Continue reading “New York Jets – Week 7 Secondary Breakdown”

New York Jets – Week 6 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his week 6 New York Jets secondary breakdown…

The Jets were able to make it two wins in a row after beating the Colts 42-34 in a game where New York certainly didn’t play its best football. It was a strong day for the offense, which was able to mount long scoring drives all afternoon. On the other side of the ball, the defense struggled, but was able to come up with a few big turnovers that wound up being the difference in the game. When looking at the secondary, the group had a rough showing but made some timely plays and benefited from multiple Indianapolis drops. While it’s true the Jets were without Trumaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and also lost Marcus Maye in the 2nd half, the Colts were missing their top receiver in TY Hilton and Jack Doyle, one of Andrew Luck’s most trusted targets. Is there any hope heading into a week 7 matchup with Minnesota?

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Week 5 New York Jets Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with a breakdown of the New York Jets secondary heading into week 6…

Although it’s early in the season and Sam Darnold’s development remains paramount, week 5 seemed like a tipping point for a team that was surrounded by scrutiny and seemingly trending in the wrong direction. Luckily, the Jets responded and took care of the Broncos thanks to strong performances across the board – the offense put up points and the defense was in control throughout the game, with the secondary keeping Case Keenum in check. Speaking of the secondary, the group was without number one corner Trumaine Johnson and lost Buster Skrine late in the 1st quarter, but was still able to limit the Broncos offense to 16 points.

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Week 4 New York Jets Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his weekly breakdown of the New York Jets secondary…

Coming off two bad losses, the Jets put forth their worst performance of the season in week 4, losing to the Jaguars 31-12. Jacksonville dominated pretty much every aspect of the game and although the Jets had a chance to make it close in the 4th quarter, there was never a feeling they would be able to complete the comeback. It was a bad game for the defense as a whole, but especially for the secondary, which as a unit, made Blake Bortles look like one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. As a result, you have to wonder, is this ultra-confident secondary merely more bark than bite?

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New York Jets Week 3 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli with his weekly breakdown of the New York Jets secondary

Following week 2’s frustrating loss to the Dolphins, the Jets entered week 3 with a chance to bounce back in a game many circled as a win coming into the season. In what was a tale of two halves, New York lost a tough game against the Browns, 21-17. This is one of the more up and down games you’ll ever see with the Jets going from dominating on defense, to having absolutely no answer on either side of the ball. This applies heavily to the secondary, which, as a unit, fell apart and gave the game away once Baker Mayfield entered the game. Who’s to blame for the collapse? Is it time to worry about the secondary’s inconsistent play through the first 3 games?

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New York Jets – Week 2 Secondary Breakdown

Ben DiNapoli breaks down the New York Jets secondary performance through two weeks…

Fresh off the heels of a dominant week 1 win, the Jets entered their home opener with an early chance to prove this year’s team is legit. Unfortunately, the team came out flat and fell victim to the classic trap game, falling 20-12 against the Dolphins. While the offense never got going, the defense played well enough to win, limiting Miami to 20 points and pitching a shutout in the second half. Surprisingly, the secondary had more difficulty forcing stops against the Dolphins’ pedestrian group of pass catchers, but overall it was a somewhat quiet afternoon in coverage. There were, however, a few critical mistakes that helped seal the Jets’ fate in what turned out to be an ugly loss.

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Week 1 Secondary Breakdown – Debut of New Jack City

Ben DiNapoli with a review of the New York Jets secondary in week 1…

Once an offseason filled with hype and big player predictions concluded, Jets fans were anxious to see how the team would respond on the field when real game action began. Safe to say, the team exceeded expectations on every side of the ball, cruising to a dominant 48-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. When keeping an explosive offense like the Lions in check, it’s a given that the secondary performed at a high level, but who stood out and who needs to improve going forward?

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