New York Jets Report Card: Week 2
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets
Fitzpatrick: 35/58, 283, 2 TD, 3 INT
Without the help of Decker and Ivory for the first time this season, Fitzpatrick looked completely lost. But today’s poor performance was about more than just the loss of some key weapons. Fitz was underthrowing receivers all day, and, at times, attempting to jam the ball into rookie Devin Smith who was stuck in tight coverage. His decision making was off; it was worse than off, it was downright dreadful.
Running Backs: F
Powell: 10/31/0, 7 receptions for 44 yards
Stacy: 2/3, 2 receptions for -2 yards
Although Powell showed some effectiveness out of the backfield, Jets backs had a very underwhelming game in the absence of starter Chris Ivory. It’s becoming apparent that Ivory was the lipstick to the pig that is the Jets run blocking.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: F
Marshall: 10/109/1, 1 fumble
Marshall had a disturbingly bad game. Perhaps we should give him the benefit of the doubt, given the way he balled in weeks 1 and 2. But a few of his costly errors led to turnovers and that changed the complexion of this game. Ryan Fitzpatrick misses the reliability of Eric Decker opposite Marshall, and though rookie Devin Smith and previously underused Jeremy Kerley both flashed at times, it simply wasn’t enough.
Offensive Line: D-
The run blocking is a mess, made worse without Willie Colon… if you can believe that. We also saw more pressure (or at least, more key pressures) on Fitzpatrick than we did in weeks 1 and 2, so the Jets offensive line will need to pick it up in both the run blocking and pass blocking areas.
Defensive Line: C-
The Jets often challenged the Eagles offensive line with just 3 or 4, and that wasn’t enough, especially in the 1st half. The Jets defensive line came on in the 2nd half, but by then it was too late. This is a unit that desperately awaits the return of Sheldon Richardson. That should give the Jets a boost after the bye week.
Eagles running backs rushed effectively against the Jets linebacking group, which struggled mightily in coverage and looked incapable of making a tackle when it mattered.
Eagles QB Sam Bradford only threw for 118 yards and 1 TD, but that’s all he needed. The Jets secondary was toasted at times, and without some timely drops, this game would have been even more one-sided than it was.
Special Teams: D-
Sproles returned a punt for a touchdown, and the Jets continue to struggle (as they have for years) in their own return game, where Jeremy Kerley is busy calling for more and more fair catches, or trying to fall down to gain 2 or 3 yards per attempt.
Gailey blew his 3rd straight challenge, this time in the 1st quarter. The lost timeout almost kept the Jets from scoring their 1st TD at the end of the half. The offensive and defensive gameplans were equally confusing: neither of them seemed to be a good plan, and neither of them were adjusted appropriately at halftime. Down by as many as 3 scores in the 3rd and 4th quarter, the Jets offense showed zero sense of urgency and ate up significant chunks of time on their drives.