New York Jets Week Two Report Card

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles away from New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE: A-

Another outstanding outing by the guys up front. The run defense was stout, allowing barely over two yards per carry on the ground. Tom Brady could not get into a rhythm all night long. Damon Harrison and the crew showed how they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in this league for many years to go.

The Muhammad Wilkerson ankle injury late was a little nerve-wracking, hopefully it is not a high ankle sprain and he is OK when the game against the Bills rolls around next week.

LINEBACKERS: B+

Again, the linebackers must get a lot of credit, along with the defensive line. The defense had a terrific game, for the most part. Any time you hold New England to 13 points, it’s hard to give a grade that is too low. 13 points allowed will win nine out of ten times.

The grade comes down to a “B” because of the middle of the field. Julian Edelman was open over the middle too much, and the linebackers need to do more to take that away. It’s not just about stopping the run game, they have to take out that short pass over the middle as well. 13 receptions for the guy in the slot is too much.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: B+

Going to give these guys a B+ as well. For the most part, they played well, as the rest of the defense did, allowing only 13 points to Tom Brady and company.

However, if you take away all of the mis-communications between Tom and his receivers, their performance doesn’t look anywhere near as good. They allowed 13 catches by the slot receiver, and had a huge breakdown for the only touchdown scored by New England. So, it wasn’t terrible, but it certainly wasn’t an “A”.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B

Nick Folk was fine, as usual. Robert Malone wasn’t the usual weapon he normally is, with at least one shank, and averaging under 40 yards per punt. For a guy with a canon of a leg, this was an off night for Robert. Kyle Wilson, when given the chance to return a punt, returned two for a whopping three yard average. Nobody killed them on specials, but they didn’t do anything exciting either.

What kind of grades did you guys have?

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  • Larry Tabata

    100% agree with you on your evaluations. Al lot of positives & some things to work on. There was no quit by anyone & the only thing they probably need to work hard on is timing & with GENO leading the receivers. The season is early enough to fix this problem. Go jets !

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks Larry, I totally agree. Thanks for reading, come back and read more.

  • Jetsluva

    The Jets WR’s really didn’t help the situation for Geno. If they catch a few more balls then he doesn’t have to force the ball late in the game. Geno and the WR’s do need to work on their timing and chemistry. When the game slows down for Geno he’ll get rid of the ball quicker and that will really start to pay off.

    • Alan Schechter

      Very fair assessment. Yes, Geno had some difficulty, but it was influenced by the problems the WR’s were having. Once they get better together, some of that will go away.

  • Paul Newbold

    I agree with you on all the grades except the B+ for the defensive backs. C- at best. They were covering back up receivers and were beaten consistently. If Dobson could catch, this game would have been a blow out. Cromartie’s hip seemed to have bothered him, he struggled to turn and find the ball early on. Miller while a rookie played poorly, eventually being benched by Rex. Wilson played inconsistently as well, being beat out of the slot and at the corner as well. The safeties were poor all around, they were out of position and beat deep several times, thankfully the Pats receivers had rocks for hands. The highlight for the D back had to be Walls, he provided blanket coverage when he was on the field. Communication was poor, they missed assignments, even struggled to line up properly when the Pats changed personnel. Sadly no one could cover the slot, and if the Pats had a tight end, it would have been worse. Sorry but this was a weakness with our secondary last season, and it will continue to be exploited unless they tighten things up.

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair enough Paul…maybe I lumped them in too much with the rest of the defense.

    • RONBO19

      Paul, spot on dude! Great post! Milliner is getting all the heat in the press but Cro has looked even worse. Considering he is a 6 year vet he was made look more like a rookie by Vincent Jaskson the previous week and again by julian Edelman this week. Cro needs to step it up or its gonna be a long season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    All I can say is this season is going to be a process with a rookie QB–however, this group of Jet WRs is pretty putrid. Gate’s td drop was a game changer. Things can change as the season goes on as Holmes gets healthy and other wrs gain experience–Jets missed Kerley . Defense looked great for the most part and the running game is starting to warm up—10 days to regroup —lets beat Buffalo! Ill take 2-1 to start the season.