We have a short turnaround for Thursday night’s game, but we still have enough time to go through the weekly report card. Coming off of a 27-13 win, obviously the grades will be better than last week, so let’s get right to it:
Mark Sanchez played an efficient game yesterday, going 15-20 for 178 yards, 1 TD, and more importantly zero INTs. Mark was decisive with his throws, and accurate. Just as important, he made the throws when he had to make them, he made timely completions. The throw to Schilens for the TD was an excellent throw, and the throw to Konrad Reuland, in my opinion, was especially clutch.
The only thing that took it down from a full fledged “A” was when he took a strip sack from the back side. Thankfully he fell on it, but he still needs to understand the pressure, and feel it better from behind him. He didn’t turn it over, but he could have. Otherwise, it was, at least for now, a critics silencing performance for Sanchez.
Nobody had the huge breakout game, so it doesn’t rank up to an “A”, but the running game was solid, doing enough to keep the defense honest. Shonn Greene lead the way with 18 carries for 64 yards, and Bilal Powell did a great job as a change of pace, adding 11 carries for 42 yards and 2 TDs that helped salt the game away. Both of these guys had runs for over 10 yards. The line opened the holes, and the running backs did a good job.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B-
This grade was brought up by the play of two guys, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens. Kerley was a late gametime decision, working out on the field before being given clearance to play. Despite all of that, Kerley caught the ball all three times he was targeted for 43 yards. It was a quite gutty performance by Kerley. Chaz Schilens came to play today as well, with 4 catches for 48 yards and the go-ahead TD. On the play, Chaz made a great adjustment on the ball in the endzone to make the catch. He is a big target, and one that can be a weapon for the stretch run. Big clutch catch by Konrad Reuland as well by the way.
The grade came down with Stephen Hill’s play, a guy that is not ready for the limelight yet. It’s not all his fault, the Jets put too much on him by making him an immediate starter. He needs to be a role player for now, his hands are too inconsistent to start right now.
It was a solid game out of the offensive line, and especially by Nick Mangold. Nick dominated the middle of the line like the All-Pro he is, all game long. They opened up the holes for the running game, not for a great average (3.0), but enough so the defense had to respect it. They gave Mark time to throw, although they did give up 3 sacks. All in all, it was a solid game.
Turn the page for the defense and special teams.