Pro Football Focus Shows Love for Jets’ Clyde Gates

By Alan Schechter

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates (19) returns a kick during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Jets 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Could it be? Did our friends at Pro Football Focus actually show love to our good “buddy”, Clyde Gates?  “Do you believe in miracles?  Yes!”

Let’s take a look at the grades from Sunday’s game against the Steelers, and you will see what I mean:


Geno Smith: -4.0

Bilal Powell: -1.2

Chris Ivory: -0.2

Mike Goodson: 0.4

Jeremy Kerley: -1.6

Clyde Gates: 1.1

Stephen Hill: -0.1

David Nelson: 0.1

Jeff Cumberland: 2.2

D’Brickashaw Ferguson: 1.1

Brian Winters: 0.9

Nick Mangold: 1.0

Willie Colon: 0.9

Austin Howard: -0.9

Tommy Bohanon: 0.0

How about that?  Look who was tied for the second highest grade on offense?  Clyde Gates, that’s who.  His 1.1 was the second best grade, albeit on an afternoon where the offense didn’t look very good.

In reviewing the rest of the group, Jeff Cumberland posted another positive outing, with his team leading 2.2.  The offensive line grades supported the positive grade given yesterday, as they were all positively ranked, except for Austin Howard.

No shock as far as the low-grade for Geno Smith, his grade has been low in losses, and high in wins, as you would expect.

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) reacts after sacking Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s see how the other side of the football did:


Mo Wilkerson: 1.6

Damon Harrison: 4.5

Kenrick Ellis: 1.1

Sheldon Richardson: 2.6

Calvin Pace: -1.8

David Harris: 0.8

Demario Davis: -2.0

Garrett McIntyre: -1.1

Quinton Coples: -1.2

Antonio Cromartie: -4.3

Antonio Allen: 3.0

Dawan Landry: 1.3

Darrin Walls: 0.7

Isaiah Trufant: -1.1

Kyle Wilson: -0.5

No surprise on the grade from the front four, as they were stout once again.  The Steelers ran for less than three yards per carry, so the positives for them were not shocking.  The biggest shock was to see Cromartie with a grade so low.  Watching the game, mind you, alleviates that surprise.  Cromartie was getting beaten like a drum all afternoon, so a significantly negative grade is no shock.  It’s just a surprise to actually see him play that badly.

A nice silver lining is the play of Antonio Allen, who posted a second best grade on defense of 3.0.

What do you all think of these numbers?  Surprises?