Well, what were you expecting? If you watched the whole game on Sunday, I commend you. Brace yourself, however, as this is only the beginning.
I could go on making clichéd statements about how that game was tough to watch as a Jets fan and how the rest of the season isn’t going to be much better, but I’ll get right to the grades.
In all honesty, I think the coaches called a pretty good game. They mixed in some aggressive play calls this week to spice up the monotonous dink and dunk that defined the offense last week. On defense especially, it was more the lack of talent rather than the play calling that lost this game.
The reason this grade isn’t higher is because the coaches refused to play any newer players (who they are supposed to be developing this season) for most of the game, even in garbage time. I’m not saying that they had to put in Bryce Petty, but getting ArDarius Stewart and Chris Hansen some playing time would have been good. I did appreciate, however, that the coaches tried to work Elijah McGuire into the game. He looked pretty good.
Josh McCown had some nice passes. Josh McCown had some off target passes. He didn’t throw any interceptions. This was Josh McCown on a good day. So he gets a slightly above average grade.
Wide Receivers: C-
Outside of Jermaine Kearse (who is the only reason this group doesn’t get a D or worse), this group didn’t do much against a flimsy Raiders secondary. Robby Anderson has faded into the background. Jeremy Kerly had a lackluster return. The rookies, as I mentioned before, didn’t play.
I really hope this group improves over the season, but as of now, they are at the bottom of the NFL.
Tight Ends: D
Will Tye dropped a couple of passes that hurt. There wasn’t a lot of production from the tight ends in general in the passing game. They did make a couple of good blocks in the run offense, which is why they aren’t getting an F. Luckily, the players right now don’t necessarily represent the Jets at tight end. I look forward to seeing Austin Seferian-Jenkins next week and Jordan Leggett when he recovers fully.
Offensive Line: B+
The line had an uncharictaristically good game against a pretty stellar Raiders front seven featuring Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack. Brandon Shell was the hero of this unit. He was able to hold Mack at bay for almost the whole game. Shell has begun to show that he is one of the young Jets players with real potential.
Running Backs: B
This group looked good but wasn’t able to really break off any huge plays. A large part of this success was the aforementioned performance on the offensive line. Matt Forte may have made himself tradable again while rookie Elijah McGuire looks to have some promise. Bilal Powell looked like a closer version of himself again after a poor showing last week.
Considering that these two are rookies, they looked really good. Jamal Adams made some huge goal line plays while Marcus Maye improved upon his less than stellar performance last week, delivering big hit after big hit. Jets fans might have something to look forward to in this unit.
More specifically: Buster Skrine: D, Juston Burris: F, Morris Claiborne: A-. If you watched the game, you say Skrine and Burris get picked on by Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree all day. Burris, in particular, looked really bad, missing on multiple simple tackles that resulted in points for the Raiders.
Claiborne, on the other hand, more or less shut down Amari Cooper, holding him to only four catches and no touchdowns. Still, outside of Claiborne, this group looked bad.
They can’t cover tight ends. They can’t cover running backs. They can’t tackle. What can they do?
Darron Lee looked awful in this game. He got run over by blocks multiple times. Even though he is bigger than last year, he’s still too small to play inside linebacker.
Defensive Line: F
They probably played better than an F, but I’m fed up with this unit. They are supposed to be the best part of this team and so far they’ve looked pedestrian at best. They got gashed multiple times in this game and managed no sacks.
Leonard Williams isn’t making plays like he’s supposed to and Mo Wilkerson has yet to begin his “bounce back season.” Outside of some pressure that the group was able to put on the quarterback early on, they looked horrible. I’m beginning to wonder whether Sheldon Richardson was what made this crew look so good.
Special Teams: F
They single handedly turned the tide of this game with a muffed punt. Otherwise, they looked decent. But that one play killed the Jets. So F.
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