In the debut of Will Parkinson’s new column, Jets By the Numbers, Will examines key metrics from last week’s Jets-Falcons game.
73: The Jets have all of 73 yards total in the first quarter through 5 games. No, I am not joking that is their total number of yards they have. This is one of the biggest negatives for the Jets through the beginning of the season and something that needs to be fixed and fixed quickly. They have shot themselves in the foot a bunch between drops, penalties, missed throws etc as well only running an average of 7 plays per first quarter. This is something to watch closely as the Jets try to find their legs early in games to help stack wins.
18: The Jets have had 18 “BIG” plays in the passing game through 5 games. This classifies as a 20+ yard play out of the pass game. It is going to be something the Jets should continue to get better at and improve with Zach Wilson’s elite arm talent and Elijah Moore, Denzel Mims and Corey Davis building chemistry and in Moore and Mims case integrating themselves in the offense further. The more explosive plays the Jets can hit, the better they are going to be and this will likely lead to more competitive games.
28.57: On 4th down conversions this year the Jets are converting just 28.57%. They have only gone for it 7 times through 5 games, and it is a number to keep an eye out for. In what is essentially a hall pass year for Saleh and LaFleur, it would be advantageous of the Jets to become more aggressive on when and how they go for it on 4th downs and 2-point conversions. If you watch the LA Chargers, Brandon Staley has been ultra-aggressive going for it and it has panned out. I’d like to see the Jets amp up the aggression meter and go for it and trust that the defense has the offense’s back and can help jump start the confidence of this young team.
73.1: Alijah Vera-Tucker has a season grade according to PFF so far of 73.1, good enough for 14th best of any guard in football. Last week, Vera-Tucker shined with a grade of 92.4 making one of the top 5 highest rated guards in football over the past few weeks. One of the casually brightest spots of the Jets the last few weeks is AVT, who starting to shine and become a powerhouse guard in this league and showing why the Jets took him in the top 15 of last year’s draft. As he continues to develop, the Jets will get back Mehki Becton and we should start to the see the Jets dominate more in the run game and show what kind of left side of the offensive line the Jets will have for a decade to come.