TOJ: The New York Jets First Quarter Report Card

Dalbin Osorio hands out his first quarter report card for the New York Jets

Our Dalbin Osorio gives his report card for the New York Jets through the first quarter of the season…

Quarterbacks: C
Why? Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the definition of average. By my count, he has played 8 good quarters and 8 bad quarters. During the good quarters he is hitting receivers in stride, leading touchdown drives, and generally minimizing mistakes. During the bad quarters, he is missing receivers all over the field, turning the ball over, and leading the Jets to three and outs. He’s led the Jets to a 3-1 record, but one could argue that they won one game in spite of him and lost one because of him.

Running Backs: B
Why? Chris Ivory has been, to me, a top 5 running back this year. Bilal Powell, when not asked to shoulder the load, has been excellent in pass protection and as a change of pace back. Zac Stacy has given the Jets good depth. This grade isn’t higher because Powell and Stacy absolutely were terrible against the Eagles.

Wide Receivers: A
Why? Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have been as good as advertised. Marshall, in particular, has been a monster and looks rejuvenated after an injury plagued year in Chicago. Decker has been solid from the slot, but has been dinged up a little bit. Devin Smith has routinely gotten open on different routes and Jeremy Kerley filled in nicely against the Eagles. Chris Owusu has contributed, but has been missed since his injury.

Tight Ends: D
Why? Quincy Enunwa has been the best TE for the Jets. Think about that: a 6th round converted WR is the Jets starting TE. Scheme or not, the Jets could stand to upgrade the position to add another weapon in the middle of the field and lessen the reliance on Decker and Marshall. Jeff Cumberland has been an adequate blocker, as has Kellen Davis. This grade is this low because the TEs have contributed virtually nothing in the passing game.

Offensive Line: B
Why? James Carpenter has arguably been the best OL for the Jets so far and is the 2nd best free agent signing so far. Nick Mangold has been good, although he did struggle a little bit in both the Eagles and Colts game. Willie Colon has been stellar, and Brian Winters played well in his absence against Miami. D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s decline continues, but he’s been saved by the scheme emphasizing getting the ball out quickly. Breno Giacomini has been better than last year. Something to note is that both Carpenter and Giacomini’s play declined during the year they weren’t teammates, but they’re both back to being solid OL.

Offense: B minus
Best Game: Vs Cleveland Browns
Worst Game: Vs Philadelphia Eagles
Best Player: Brandon Marshall
Worst Player: Zac Stacy
Biggest Surprise: Struggles of Nick Mangold

Defensive Line: B
Why? Muhammed Wilkerson is the second best DE in football. After JJ Watt, it’s him. The Jets would be wise to extend him before his price tag continues to rise. Damon Harrison has been good against the run. Leonard Williams is my early favorite, along with Marcus Peters, for defensive rookie of the year. He’s improving as a pass rusher, but has been as good as advertised against the run. And now this unit, which has really good depth, adds Sheldon Richardson to the mix. This grade isn’t higher because the Eagles ran for over 100 and because they have struggled to generate sacks so far.

Linebackers: D
Why? Quinton Coples has been a below average starter, and he’s begun losing reps to Lorenzo Mauldin and Trevor Reilly. Calvin Pace continues to set the edge against the run but has given them virtually nothing as a pass rusher. Demario Davis has been terrible in coverage and has taken poor angles against the run. David Harris has been the best of the bunch, but as a group they’ve been incredibly underwhelming.

Cornerbacks: A
Why? The King has returned, and you could argue that his start has him playing better than his should’ve been DPOY season in 2009. Revis is on pace for 8 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, and allowing 16 receptions on 44 targets for a completion percentage of 36%. Antonio Cromartie has been better than he is getting credit for. Buster Skrine has been money from the slot in both coverage and blitzing. He’s allowed 11 catches through 4 games but has done a very good job of limiting the yards after catch potential. Marcus Williams has been great in limited action.

Safeties: A
Why? Marcus Gilchrist has bounced back nicely from a rough season last year to be a stabilizing force on the back end. Gilchrist has covered tight ends with success so far. Calvin Pryor has been as good as he was at Louisville, and now that he’s back at his normal position he’s excelled. Dion Bailey stepped right in and played well last week after being claimed off waivers.

Defense: B
Best Game: vs Indianapolis Colts
Worst Game: vs Cleveland Browns
Best Player: Darrelle Revis
Worst Player: Quinton Coples
Biggest Surprise: Marcus Gilchrist’s ability to cover TEs

Special Teams: C
Why? Nick Folk has been virtually automatic. Ryan Quigley has been terrible, and the special teams coverage has struggled without Jamari Lattimore and Chris Owusu.

Team Grade: B

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.