New York Jets Week 2 Report Card

Greg Armstrong with his New York Jets team report card for Week 2…

It certainly wasn’t the same game we witnessed on Monday night in Detroit but there were still some bright spots in the Jets Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. Here is my report card for Week 2.

Quarterback: B

Sam Darnold came back with another good performance against the Dolphins after his Week One performance on Monday night. He finished 25-41, 334 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The first interception was just a rookie mistake (he didn’t see the safety on the slant) and the second interception was Terrelle Pryor not giving it his all on the route.

Darnold started getting into a groove in the second half but was plagued by drops and just misses on some throws.

This isn’t a throw a 21 year old rookie should be able to make with ease. There’s a lot of good to take away from Darnold. Some of his best throws were just misses or drops and they looked better than most quarterbacks completions. Get excited Jets fans.

Running Back: C

It’s tough to pin the run game struggles on the running backs when the offensive line could get no push up front. Crowell broke off a couple of nice runs but still only finished with 35 yards on 12 carries. Bilal Powell has six yards on five carries but did most of his damage in the receiving game with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.

It’s going to be tough sledding for these running backs if the offensive line continues this trend. I can see more of the same from Sunday moving forward with Powell being used more in the passing game than anything.

Wide Receivers: C+

Quincy Enunwa has firmly established himself as the best wide receiver on this roster. Seven receptions on eleven targets for 92 yards. He’s Darnolds safety blanket. Robby Anderson has three catches on five targets for 27 yards but also lost a fumble. Terrelle Pryor showed no effort on the interception in the third and dropped a tough but catchable dime from Darnold.

The chemistry between Robby and Darnold isn’t there yet. He was open on the interception and there was another play where Darnold needs to try to make that throw.

For as big and athletic as Pryor is, he’s a lazy route runner who needs to use his tools to his advantage. We’ll see moving forward but I think they should give Jermaine Kearse more of Pryors snaps.

Tight Ends: D

Chris Herndon did not fair well in his first real game action. He had the play at the end of the half where he got blown up by Reshad Jones but still could have gotten in, the play before that he could have stepped out of bounds and saved the Jets a time-out and then the drop in the third quarter. He’s a rookie so there’s going to be a learning curve but it showed just how valuable Neal Sterling is to this offense at the tight end spot. Eric Tomlinson has one catch on two targets for 24 yards.

Offensive Line: F

My first failing grade of the season. TOJ’s own Joe Blewett has been banging this drum for months now and it showed on Sunday: the Jets offensive line is not that good. They couldn’t get any push in the run game and Darnold was under constant pressure throughout. Thankfully he’s very good at evading pressure and throwing on the run otherwise it would have been much much worse.

I get that they were going up against Cam Wake and Robert Quinn. That’s not easy. But you would like to see Kelvin Beachum and the interior guys have better games against upper level competition. Myles Garrett is up next and last I checked, he’s pretty good.

Defensive Line: B

Henry Anderson continues to be one the best moves Mike Maccagnan has made all off season. He recorded his first sack of the season and was doing a very good job at applying pressure. Leonard Williams had a sneaky good game as well on the other side.

The Jets pass rush showed up a little on Sunday but they were getting great pressure from those two guys. If they can keep that up the entire season, the lack of an edge rusher might not be as costly as we have made it out to be.

Linebackers: B-

Brandon Copeland recorded a sack and should have had another if it weren’t for a holding penalty by Buster Skrine. Jordan Jenkins also recovered a fumble where he got great pressure on Tannehill who just lost the ball. Darron Lee didn’t have the game he had Monday night but it looks more and more like he’s taken that turn into rounding into that first round pick form.

Copeland and Frankie Luvu aren’t going to jump off the page at you name wise but have done pretty well as edge rushers through two games. That position hasn’t been solved and you’d like to see more consistency there but if these two guys keep having games like they did through two weeks, it’ll be a nice addition to this defense moving forward in applying pressure.

Secondary: B

Jamal Adams put in another great performance at safety but not having Marcus Maye continues to hurt. Doug Middleton is an okay replacement but he’s given up two of the three offensive touchdowns scored against the Jets this season. Not great.

Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne had good games. They didn’t give up anything deep to Kenny Stills which was a concern coming in but Buster Skrine reverted back to his old ways. Multiple costly penalties at key moments was not ideal. Overall it was an average performance from this group and they won’t be facing a murderers row of passers coming up. However they, as well as the linebackers, need to be better prepared for running quarterbacks with Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles coming up.

Special Teams: D

Jason Meyers missed an extra point and Andre Roberts didn’t do anything in the return game. The Jets also gave up some big returns to the Dolphins. There needs to be some improvement and Meyers can’t keep missing extra points (which he has done a lot of in his career) if the Jets want to win games.

Coaching: C

The Jets couldn’t stop the run and more importantly they couldn’t stop Tannehill running when they needed it. He broke off one run in the first half and then killed them in the second half when it mattered most. They better be better prepared for the next two games.

I thought the offensive game plan was good but they need to stop trying to establish the run in the matter they’ve been doing it. Use some quick throws to Enunwa and Anderson to open things up then go from there.