Week 1 Jets Report Card

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Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (93) along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

DEFENSIVE LINE:B-

This was the weakest performing unit for the Jets on the day in my opinion. They had some pressures on Ryan Fitzpatrick, but didn’t get to him for a sack all game long. Yes he is elusive, but still, not one? They also had a tough time with CJ Spiller, who came in for the injured Fred Jackson, and rushed 14 times for 169 yards and 1 TD. Nobody on the defensive line had more than 1.5 tackles. The only thing keeping that in a B grade is that Fred Jackson didn’t really do anything.

LINEBACKERS:B+

The linebackers played a good game, but that was partially because the defensive line didn’t make a lot of tackles so the linebackers had a lot of tackles to make. Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, and David Harris had 13.5 tackles between them for the game. There was a key miss by Bart on the long TD by CJ Spiller, which keeps the grade down a little bit. Calvin Pace had the active game, in the backfield quite a bit.

Sept. 9, 2012; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John O


DEFENSIVE BACKS:A+

Any day a defensive backfield has 3 INTs, one for a TD, is a great day. Even Kyle Wilson, who many Jets fans have grown sick of, and fast, had a pick today. And can LaRon Landry hit, or what? All in all an excellent day by the Jets’ secondary.

SPECIAL TEAMS:A+
Jeremy Kerley ran back a punt 68 yards for a TD, making him the only player in Jets history with a receiving TD and punt return TD in the same game. Robert Malone debuted with a beautiful punt with over 5 seconds hang time that was downed inside the five. Nick Folk was perfect, nothing else to be said here.

A great day was had by all.

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