Without wasting too much time, let’s get to the grades, coming out of the thrilling 30-27 victory yesterday over the New England Patriots.
QUARTERBACK: B+ As we said in the recap earlier, you have to give Geno Smith the utmost credit for being so resilient yesterday. He came off of the pick six unafraid, which is the trait of a quarterback that is good, and destined to get better. You must have a short memory to succeed as a quarterback in this league, and Geno has just that.
He came back and got the job done when he had to. He scored a rushing touchdown to put the Jets ahead, and put them in position to win the game when it was necessary. It doesn’t take away from his performance, the fact that he didn’t make any throws late into the overtime.
The negative that brings it to a “B+” is the pick six. He still has to make better decisions, otherwise, great job.
RUNNING BACKS: B Chris Ivory did finally get off the deck yesterday, posting his first 100 yard game as a member of the New York Jets. But it wasn’t a dominant effort, with 104 yards on 32 carries, only a 3.2 yards per carry average. It’s not a bad game, but really a “breakout” game. The Jets on a whole only averaged 3.4 yards per carry.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: A- First of all, how good was Jeremy Kerley? Eight catches for 97 yards and one touchdown. It seemed like every catch he made was for a first down. Great job out of Jeremy. David Nelson was huge as well with his eight yard contribution. Don’t negate the play of Jeff Cumberland as well, although there was the one pass he should have caught, he does have a well developing relationship with Geno Smith.
OFFENSIVE LINE: B This group definitely ebbed and flowed with the momentum of the game. They were blowing Patriots off the ball for a while, and making mistakes during other sections of the game.
They gave Smith a good pocket for most of the day, but they did allow four sacks. The Jets did pop off a couple of longer runs, but they only averaged 3.4 yards per carry on the day. By the numbers, they were in the middle, but were slightly better, so they get a “B”.