A few notes, thoughts and links to previous articles on Gang Green to pass along:
- It’s not exactly time to put anyone in Canton after just three games, but the play of the Jets’ rookie safeties have been extremely impressive through two games, especially in coverage. Jamal Adams hasn’t allowed a completion since week one and PFF provided this stat on fellow rookie Marcus Maye earlier today
Marcus Maye played 46 coverage snaps against MIA. He wasn't targeted once. On the season: 107 cov snaps, 3 targets, 29 yds allowed #Jets
— PFF NY Jets (@PFF_NYJets) September 25, 2017
- As much as Jets fans knock the play of Matt Forte, he has outperformed Bilal Powell over the past two games, averaging 4.6 yards per carry to Powell’s 2.4. Rookie running back Elijah McGuire has posted an average of 4.8 YPC during that same time period.
- You have to tip your cap to Leonard Williams and the rest of the defensive line for an incredible effort on Sunday. There may not have been big sack numbers, but the unit did pressure Jay Cutler while holding Jay Ajayi to 16 yards on 11 carries. Even Mo Wilkerson, who had just one tackle, looked better than he has all season.
- If for no other reason, those fans who can attend this week’s game against the Jaguars should do so to honor the great Kevin Mawae, who will be inducted in to the team’s ring of honor.
- More important than just getting a win this past Sunday was the fact that so many of the Jets’ young players stood out on both sides of the ball. Take a look at our list here.
- If Brian Winters misses any more time and Dakota Dozier continues to play well in his place, it’s not a good look for Mike Maccagnan who gave Winters a huge contract this off season to avoid having Winters hit free agency.
- Defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas played a bit of fullback against the Dolphins, and if you’re wondering if he may see a carry from time to time, it appears unlikely as the Michigan State Spartans used him exclusively as a blocker and receiver in his one season out of the backfield for the Spartans. But….never say never.
- For the third week in a row, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins turned in an impressive performance and seems to have picked up where he left off last season. The same can’t be said for Juston Burris who played well in the opener, but has struggled since.
- After facing Marshawn Lynch and Jay Ajayi in back-to-back weeks, it won’t get any easier for the Jets defense as they prepare to take on rookie battering ram Leonard Fournette. After an incredible performance against the Dolphins (11 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss), Demario Davis and his partner in crime, Darron Lee, may be tested up the middle once again.
Only five days ’til game day, folks!