Who Is The Most Popular New York Jet?

Heading into the final quarter of the season, who is the most popular player on the New York Jets?

TOJ took a quick Twitter and Facebook poll this evening, on who the most popular player on the New York Jets currently is, here are the results

*Out of the first 50 responses

  1. Aaron Maybin – 40%
  2. Darrelle Revis – 40%
  3. Mark Sanchez – 8%
  4. Nick Mangold – 6%
  5. Santonio Holmes – 2%
  6. David Harris – 2%
  7. Plaxico Burress – 2%

A few selected responses from Twitter where Maybin was particularly popular  –

Kind of crazy that a guy who wasn’t even on the team until week 4 is already this popular. However, it is clear the fans appreciate the energy and passion he brings to the team. Honestly, you’d be hard pressed to find another player on the roster who looks like they are having more fun than #51 and who has a better motor. The Jets may have finally found their needed pass rusher with Maybin. Let’s hope he finishes strong this year and is locked down for the long term in the off-season.

By the way, I am pretty sure Matthew Mulligan and Eric Smith came in 60th and 61st in this poll…behind all the practice squad players.

Two Down, Four To Go: Jets Roll Late, Beat Washington 34-19

The New York Jets are still breathing after another come from behind victory in the 4th quarter

We have seen this movie before. The New York Jets play sloppy and inconsistent in all three phases of the game for 3 and a 1/2 quarters, yet when it comes down to the final minutes, they step up with a clutch performance led by their quarterback.

It happened all over again today in Washington. It was hard not be furious with the Jets offense, for horrible clock management, questionable and conservative play calling, along with another weak showing from the passing attack. It was hard not to be furious with the defense for allowing Washington to waltz right down the field on the opening drive before settling down into an overall strong performance. It was hard not to be furious with the special teams for muffing yet another kick (this time Jeremy Kerley was the culprit).

With a little under 5 minutes to go, the Jets trailed by 3 points. Finally, they decided to take advantage of running more slant routes than any team in the NFL by calling for a slant and go, which was perfectly executed by both Santonio Holmes and Mark Sanchez. Another clutch hook up for those two to add to the laundry list they have accumulated in the past two years.

The defense then responded to their reputation for not being able to close by coming up with a strip sack of Rex Grossman. Aaron Maybin continued his unbelievable season by coming up with that sack, his sixth of the season. Shonn Greene then put the game on the ice with a touchdown run and added another one in garbage time for good measure.

The Jets aren’t a great football team, they have flaws which we cover here all the time but hey…they know how to win close football games. We have seen them do damage once they get into the playoffs the past two years and the hope of getting back there this year remains alive, especially with losses from Cincinnati and Oakland today.

There won’t be any easy games the rest of the way, this team isn’t consistent enough yet to say there will be, but for now the Jets are still breathing…

Joe McKnight and Aaron Maybin, Who Would Have Thought?

TOJ on two players who have come out of nowhere to become crucial parts to the New York Jets making a second half run

There is no denying how crucial Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills is going to be. LaDainian Tomlinson has already christened it a “do or die” game for the New York Jets divisional hopes and the same vibe is coming from the rest of the locker room. You want to win the AFC East? You want a home playoff game? Beat the two teams in front of you the next two weeks and take control of your destiny.

Yet, who could have imagined that two of the most crucial players coming into this game would be Joe McKnight and Aaron Maybin?

Joe McKnight, AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October, has turned into one of the most explosive kick returners in the league and one of the best all around special teams players. His contributions won’t stop there on Sunday, as the coaching staff has made it clear that he will receive a larger role on offense at both running back and receiver. McKnight has rare, game-breaking speed and the ability to make a play or two that will tip Sunday’s outcome in the Jets favor.

Aaron Maybin, the Buffalo Bills first round bust, has came to the Jets off the scrap heap and turned into their top pass rushing threat. In limited snaps he has already racked up 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Maybin will also be on the receiving end of more playing time this week and how you could not root for this guy to tear up his former team? Maybin has brought a speed and energy to the Jets defense that it sorely needed. His pass rush will go a long way to disrupting the timing of Buffalo’s quick passing attack.

When August started many people thought Joe McKnight could end up being the team’s number four back and nobody thought Aaron Maybin would even be on a NFL team, and yet here they are with a chance to play a major part in seizing the Jets control of the division.

Credit Mike Tannenbaum for taking a shot on Maybin and Rex Ryan for putting him a spot to succeed. Also it might be time to start thinking that trading Leon Washington and cutting Danny Woodhead in favor of McKnight was actually a savvy move.

Young Pups Could Lead To Big Second Half For New York Jets Defense

TOJ on the development of the younger players on the New York Jets defense and how it could lead to a second half improvement

The New York Jets defense has problems and shortcomings, as any unit in the NFL does. However, thanks to Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine’s ability to gameplan on a weekly basis they can still come up with big time performances, which will allow the Jets to remain a playoff contender throughout the rest of the year.

One of the other reasons for optimism with the Jets defense in their final nine games is the development of their young players.

Let’s start with the defensive line, which has quickly been rebuilt for the long haul. First round draft pick Muhammad Wilkerson has put together a strong start to the year, particularly with his showings against Jacksonville, Baltimore, and San Diego. Third round pick Kenrick Ellis has shown potential in his limited role and should get more reps as the season moves on. Beyond that both Ropati Pitoitua and Marcus Dixon are quality rotational players to support Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito, who should still have their best years in front of them.

At linebacker, the Jets are sorely lacking speed. Josh Mauga and Jamaal Westerman are platooning as replacements for Bryan Thomas at outside linebacker and both have taken their lumps. Yet, Westerman has shown some of the pass rush ability the coaching staff has talked up with 2.5 sacks and Mauga should get better as the season progresses. Beyond that, Aaron Maybin has been a revelation with 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in only four games with very limited reps. His role will continue grow and he just may be the double digit sack guy the Jets have been looking for.

In the secondary, outside of Darrelle Revis putting together another monster season the most encouraging thing has been the growth of Kyle Wilson. The Jets 2010 first round pick is substantially improved in his second year and is turning into a very good nickel back, which is a key spot in Ryan’s defense.

In the long term, the Jets will need more young talent, particularly at safety and linebacker. However, they do have enough this year to make that run Rex Ryan talked about in his most recent press conference.

A Closer Look At The New York Jets Stats

TOJ with a closer look at the New York Jets stats through 7 games

Passing

  • Mark Sanchez – 129/231, 55.8 completion percentage, 1545 yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs

Despite all of the scrutiny he is under, Sanchez is on pace for a season that many of us would have signed up for statistically. Of course, the Jets don’t need him to rack up All-Pro stats. All that matters is his ability to continue to win football games, play well in big spots, and be a leader on the offense. Considering their move back to Ground and Pound and the expected continued growth in chemistry with Plaxico Burress, there is no reason Sanchez can’t finish with over 25 touchdowns and around 3,500 yards.

Rushing

  • Shonn Greene – 113 carries, 426 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns
  • LaDainian Tomlinson – 34 carries, 111 yards, 3.3 yards per carry
  • Joe McKnight – 10 carries, 26 yards
  • Mark Sanchez – 13 carries, 67 yards, 2 touchdowns

Shonn Greene is getting the bulk of the carries, as was talked about all off-season. He wasn’t doing much with it until last week. A big second half from Greene will likely equal a new contract and a commitment to him as the long term feature back. A shaky second half could lead to a spirited pursuit of Matt Forte or Maurcie Jones-Drew next off-season. Tomlinson’s top contributions come in the passing game. McKnight is slowly becoming more acclimated to the offense. Sanchez is underrated as a mobile quarterback.

Receiving

  • Dustin Keller – 25 receptions, 372 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Santonio Holmes – 22 receptions, 311 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • LaDainian Tonlinson – 2o receptions, 260 yards 1 touchdown
  • Plaxico Burress – 18 receptions 243 yards, 5 touchdowns
  • Jeremy Kerley – 9 receptions, 82 yards, 1 touchdown

I would expect Keller to end up leading the team in receptions. Holmes numbers will eventually pick up but it is hard to see him ending up being a 1,000 yard receiver. If Burress finishes with 40 receptions, 500 yards but over 10 touchdowns, I consider his signing a success. Jeremy Kerley’s role will only continue to grow throughout the year. I would expect him to finish with over 30 receptions.

Kicking

  • Nick Folk – 10/10 Field Goals, Long of 50 yards

He never misses.

Return

  • Joe McKnight – 13 attempts on kick return, 520 yards, 40.0 average, 1 TD
  • Jeremy Kerley – 14 attempts on punt return, 143 yards, 10.2 average

McKnight has been a Pro-Bowl caliber kick returner so far this year. Kerley is also an explosive option on punt returns.

Defense

  • Eric Smith – 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT
  • David Harris – 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
  • Bart Scott – 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 FF
  • Calvin Pace – 33 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF
  • Darrelle Revis – 20 tackles, 10 PDs, 4 INT
  • Muhammad Wilkerson – 17 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL
  • Antonio Cromartie – 22 tackles, 5 PDs, 3 INT
  • Jamaal Westerman – 16 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Aaron Maybin – 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF

A few highlights from the defense. Despite their stat lines, it does feel like Bart Scott and Calvin Pace have missed their share of tackles and are struggling a little bit out in space. The coaching staff has been raving about Pace and their improvement in run defense against San Diego should be attributed to him helping set the edge. Darrelle Revis has been the Defensive Player of the Year in my opinion. Aaron Maybin racked up those 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in a limited amount of time. You will see plenty more of him down the stretch and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up with double digit sacks. Eric Smith and Antonio Cromartie both have decent enough stat lines but have been wildly inconsistent so far.

TEAM RANKINGS

  • Passing Yards – 207.7 yards per game, 24th in NFL
  • Rushing Yards – 92.4 yards per game, 28th in NFL
  • Opposing Passing Yards – 196.7 per game, 7th in NFL
  • Opposing Rushing Yards – 126.9 per game, 26th in NFL

Other Notes

  • 11 interceptions through 7 games in 2011, 12 interceptions all of 2010 season. The defense is also on pace for more forced fumbles and sacks this year.

Two New York Jets With Unique Arrivals Bring Speed & Power To Defense

TJ on the impact of Aaron Maybin and Kenrick Ellis on the New York Jets defense

Aaron Maybin’s strips and sack of Dolphins QB Matt Moore Monday night provided a speed in pursuit the Jets sorely needed from the LB position. Big Kenrick Ellis blasted through the Dolphins line to stuff a key Miami rushing attempt by the goal line. These two first year Jets, both arriving with different suitcases full of baggage, could be the keys to injecting this slow starting defense with the production it needs to return to being one of the NFL’s best.

Maybin, a former Penn State Nittany Lion, started only one game in two seasons for the Buffalo Bills after having been selected 11th overall in the 2009 draft. Maybin told Bob Wischusen on 1050 ESPN Tuesday night that with all due respect to the Bills organization, “it was hard to make plays” while not being on the field. Maybin is making plays as a Jet. His tag as a top round “bust” may soon turn to “steal” should his quality play continue.

After making the 53 player roster out of camp, Maybin was surprisingly released only days later. His return came in Baltimore after being re signed prior to the matchup with the Ravens. Jets fans got a glimpse of what could be when he hunted down QB Joe Flacco, causing a fumble in Ravens territory. At a time in the game when the Jets were in position to continue their comeback.

The opportunity was wasted one play later when Mark Sanchez threw an interception to Lardarius Webb that resulted in a 73 yard return for TD. It was a play that essentially sealed the game, but the play by Maybin was one that turned many Jets fans heads. Finally, some devastating speed had arrived.

Maybin’s play picked up again Monday night as he forced two fumbles and sacked Matt Moore once. This “Mayhem” style that seems predicated on spying behind the Jets defensive line, may bring the Jets more short fields to work with going forward. A concept that will be music to the ears of the Jets who are still searching for an identity on offense, and can use all the help they can get.

Ellis, whose draft stock dropped due to his facing a felony charge in a case that has been moved to Feb 7th, 2012, was a risk that for now could pay off in 2011. The third round pick out of Hampton was finally activated for the first time Monday night to the delight of Jets nation.

Should his size and presence help plug a run defense that has been burned by many running backs so far this season, perhaps the Jets will once again, be able to force opposing teams into third and more long situations. A scenario that would be welcome by head coach Rex Ryan and his blitz packages.

The Jets are giving up close to 22 points a game this year, up from 19 a game last season. Maybin and Ellis could help return this team to a place where less is asked of Mark Sanchez and company. If so, the Jets could once again base their foundation off of the defense. This way the offense and special teams could also go back to lending a key hand without being elevated into the primary provider role . A formula that allowed the Jets to win enough games to earn a trip to the postseason in both years under Ryan.

New York Jets Monday Notes – Bryan Thomas Done For Season

A round-up of Jets headlines today —

1. As expected, Bryan Thomas is out for the year with a torn Achilles. It sounds like the Jets will use a committee of Jamal Westerman, Aaron Maybin, Josh Mauga, and Garret McIntyre to replace him. Thomas is a valuable player who does a lot of the dirty work on the defense, but this was likely his last year with the team anyway. Let’s hope one of these young players can step up.

2. The Jets are considering signing tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, who I will just call “Manu” from now on. They could use him as a hybrid tight end/tackle to provide extra blocking…since Wayne Hunter is pretty damn awful.

3. Rex Ryan proclaimed the Jets would return to their Ground and Pound roots from now on. Considering they have 92 carries for 284 yards this season, I will believe it when I see it. However, it should at least help keep Mark Sanchez somewhat more safe and allow their defense to keep them in games.

4. No grade report, because it is all F’s for the offense and all A’s for the defense. No final thoughts on Jets/Ravens tomorrow because this team needs to bury this game and move forward. It is New England week.

New York Jets Begin Preparations For Week One

The New York Jets have began the process of trimming their roster to 53 players and we haven’t seen any surprises yet, here is running list of cuts as of right now, which we will keep updated throughout the day, the depth chart is also updated —

  • S – Davon Morgan
  • TE – Keith Zinger
  • OL Nevin McCaskill
  • LB – Joey LaRoque
  • RB – Chris Jennings
  • OL – Dennis Landolt
  • OL – Pete Clifford
  • OL – Zane Taylor
  • WR – Dan DePalma
  • WR – Michael Campbell
  • LB – Eddie Jones
  • DL – Lorenzo Washington
  • S – Byron Landor
  • LB – Brashton Satele
  • QB – Drew Willy
  • OL – Trevor Canfield
  • WR – Scotty McKnight
  • CB – Ellis Lankster

The report on WR Logan Payne is that he will be out 6-8 weeks with a wrist injury and there is a chance the Jets will hold a spot on the active roster for him. Backup quarterback Greg McElroy dislocated his thumb last night, had surgery this morning, and is now expected to miss several weeks, providing the Jets even more incentive to look for a veteran backup.

Considering how generally awful Vladimir Ducasse continued to be, the Jets must add a veteran offensive lineman. I’d be shocked if somebody isn’t signed by the end of the weekend. It would be insane to go into the season with the Jets current depth on the offensive line.

I don’t have much reaction from last night, outside of that it was encouraging to see Aaron Maybin play his way on the roster and discouraging that both Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell struggled.

Jets vs. Eagles: Battle Of The Backups Preview

Ah, the annual pre-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles aka the battle of backups provides our last look at many New York Jets scrapping to make the roster as reserves. Here are a few players to keep an eye on tonight before the countdown can begin to week one (how about 7 days to Saints/Packers?)

Greg McElroy – The rookie quarterback has impressed all pre-season and will get the start under center tonight. Mark Brunell will return to the backup role when the regular season starts but you have to wonder if Mark Sanchez were out for an extended period of time, if the Jets would consider handing the reigns off to McElroy instead of the 65 year old Brunell.

Muhammad Wilkerson – It has been a good, not great pre-season for the Jets first round pick. He was ejected last game for getting into a scuffle with Brandon Jacobs and still hasn’t generated much pressure on the quarterback, despite being solid against the run. He should log a ton of playing time tonight, so hopefully he can take advantage of the Eagles backups.

Nick Bellore/Garret McIntyre – A pair of undrafted rookie linebackers who have a very good shot to make the roster after strong training camps and pre-seasons. The Jets could be risking it by going so young with their backups but if they are the best players on the roster after the starters, they deserve a spot on the final 53.

Aaron Maybin – He needs to make a play or two to intrigue the coaching staff enough to keep him around for a longer look. The speed is there but Maybin is easily pushed around because of his lack of size.

Joe McKnight – It has been a strong all around pre-season for the Jets second year running back, who could use one more solid performance to demonstrate that he should be involved with the first offense when the regular season starts. McKnight could bring a much needed speed dimension to the Jets running back group.

Jeff Cumberland – The second year tight end missed last week with an injury but should be back. I’d be shocked if the Jets didn’t keep him on the final 53 because of his size and potential but he needs a good performance to lock himself in.

End Of The World: Jets vs. Giants Preview & Predictions

Considering New York City has already dealt with an earthquake this week and will now be dealing with a hurricane of massive proportions this weekend, this could be an end of the world type preview. The game has been moved until 7 PM Monday night as the Jets will take the day off today. They will also now have to deal with only two days to prepare for their pre-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, which should be okay since the starters will barely play.

However, we are going to see plenty of both team’s starters on Monday, as they are expected to go well into the second half. The Giants are banged up in the secondary and have some questions at linebacker, yet their elite pass rush will provide a great test for the Jets offensive line, now finally fully healthy and playing together. Mark Sanchez needs to be aggressive if the Giants want to come after him and look to pick on their corners, as Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, should all have favorable match-ups. The Giants have also traditionally had trouble covering backs out of the backfield, so don’t be surprised to see LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight targeted often.

On defense, Rex Ryan won’t hesitate to be aggressive, which will leave plenty of one on one match-ups for Eli Manning. Darrelle Revis versus Hakeem Nicks will be fun to watch, along with the Giants attempting to run the ball against the Jets stout front seven. I doubt we will see a hit that will top this but I do think the Jets can build some momentum heading into the regular season by having a strong performance against a quality offense.

Six Pack Of Predictions

1.Plaxico Burress is going to score a touchdown. As silly as it sounds, this the kind of the thing that Rex Ryan is going to push for in a pre-season game just to piss off the Giants. He will be in Brian Schottenheimer’s ear when they get into the red-zone to give him a fade ball or a slant.

2. The Jets starting defense is going to force at least one turnover. Yet, on the the flip side Mark Sanchez is going to commit his first turnover of the pre-season. Let him get it out of his system before the regular season starts.

3. Aaron Maybin will get work with the first unit in a few pass rushing situations, as the coaching staff will want to see if he can actually be a factor this year. His speed is hard to find but you have to worry about his lack of size.

4. Shonn Greene is going to get at least 10 carries as the Jets look to assert their running game after a poor performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe McKnight will also get a few reps with the starting offense.

5. The starting offensive line is going to rise to the occasion against the Giants pass rush and keep Mark Sanchez clean for the bulk of the night. I’d be surprised if he was sacked more than once.

6. Greg McElroy is going to put together another strong performance, leading to questions if he should actually be the backup instead of Mark Brunell.