New York Jets: Top Players of 2014
Dec 29, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan talks with reporters as the Clemson Tigers beat the Oklahoma Sooners 40-6 in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Good for Rex Ryan getting a chance to see his son in his Bowl game after getting the news from Woody Johnson.
It was a rough year for Rex Ryan and his bunch in New York. After the Jets 8-8 finish in 2013, there were some moderate expectations in 2014. A 4-12 finish ended the era in New York for Rex Ryan, and the shot-lived era for John Idzik.
Despite all of that, the Jets did have some fine performers, making their way through the muck of a bad season to leave a mark on the Jets now and moving forward.
Tonight I give you the top performers for the Jets in 2014. Here we go…….
Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Ivory: Going to give the offensive player of the year for the Jets to running back Chris Ivory. The big guy, as I have said many times, runs like he is mad at the grass. Chris Ivory led the Jets with 821 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
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Despite being part of a running back by committee system, and an offense that played against eight in the box often, Ivory ran well all year long, and was a constant force in the Jets AFC East leading running attack.
Honorable Mention: Eric Decker
Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Jets defeated Miami 37-24. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
David Harris: Defensive player of the year goes to David Harris. A consistent player for his entire eight years with the Jets, Harris led the way 124 tackles, 73 solo. He also posted six sacks to go along with two forced fumbles.
Honorable Mention: Demario Davis, Sheldon Richardson
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) fields a kick off in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Percy Harvin: Jets special teams player of the year goes to Percy Harvin. Despite injury problems, and only being active for the Jets for eight games, Percy Harvin led the team in kick return yardage (495), and nearly double his any other returner on the team.
Harvin added a versatile explosiveness that the Jets haven’t seen since Leon Washington.