In this installment of TOJ Roundtable, your favorite TOJ writers and podcast hosts tackle the question of which player is the current frontrunner for team MVP.
Dylan Price: I don’t know if he’s the flashiest choice, but second year corner Bryce Hall deserves to be the front runner for MVP right now. Hall has allowed only eight receptions for 87 yards. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging a 70.7% passer rating. He’s also only received 15 targets in his direction. Coming into the season, the debate with Bryce Hall stemmed around whether or not he was going to prove to be a suitable outside corner. Now, the debate has changed to whether or not Hall is a legitimate CB 1 moving forward. Hall has taken a massive step forward this season and as he goes up against more top receivers, if he continues to perform well, he will be the favorite for MVP.Will Parkinson: CJ Mosley. I am sure this answer will be a popular one amongst not only the TOJ writers but also the fans of the team. CJ has been his All-Pro self and it has been pretty remarkable to say the least. He missed basically all of the last two years, changed to a hyper demanding scheme, and dropped 20 pounds and hasn’t lost a beat. He has been the vocal and physical leader for this defense and team and hasn’t let the big contract, which he is earning every penny of, change the way he approaches the game. Mosley has been all business and helped this defense overachieve a top 12-15 unit while start 4-5 rookies and former UDFAs. Thank god the Jets have another 3 years of the former pro bowl middle linebacker because he is a special player and has been everything Jets fans could’ve hoped when he’s played. He is on track to returning to the Pro Bowl this year and will finish near the top of comeback player of the year behind the QBs at the end of the season.
DA Osorio: For me, it’s easily CJ Mosley, but Will chose him so I’ll go in a different direction: OT Morgan Moses. The questionable decision by HC Robert Saleh to start George Fant week one promptly led to Brian Burns wrecking Zach Wilson right out of the gate, but Moses has been solid since being inserted into the starting lineup. He did give up six pressures versus Atlanta, but has a pass-block win rate of 93.2%, which is good for 8th best tackle in the league. While his run-block rate has been subpar, it’s also been the best of any of the Jets OL on a group that is missing their best player in Mehki Becton. Playing next to Gregory Van Roten is impacting him in the run game like it’s impacting Conor McGovern. I tweeted last week that the Jets should re-sign Moses, and doing this would lock in 3/5 starters on the OL beyond this year. With the Jets, more than likely, moving on from GVR (hello Kenyon Green in the draft, or do you prep the bag for Brandon Scherff?), and potentially moving on from McGovern (could you steal Ryan Jensen from the Bucs or do you look to the draft and add Tyler Linderbaum?), you need continuity. Becton, AVT, and Moses would give Zach that.
Michael Meegan: After a rough first game, AVT has been lights out and has been my team MVP so far. Much noise was made about the trade up for AVT and how you don’t trade up for guards as their not a premium position. AVT was billed as someone who could be a Pro Bowler as a rookie and would need to be a perennial Pro Bowler to make the trade up worth it. AVT is well on his way to that as he gets better every week and the exciting thing is he hasn’t even played 4 quarters with Mekhi Becton yet.Stephen Zantz: This is an easy choice for me. CJ Mosley is the MVP of this team through 5 games. Obviously 1-4 isn’t ideal but every single week CJ has been all over the field. He’s constantly making plays week after week and is the heart and soul of the defense. He is the one player on this roster that if he missed an extended period of time due to injury the team would not be even close to the same. It’s wild to think CJ missed basically two years and looks exactly like the guy we saw week 1 against Buffalo in 2019. Mosley deserves the MVP ball through 5.