Jets vs. Dolphins: Top players to watch in Week 7
By K. Jared Wright
Heading into their final game against each other this season, the New York Jets hit the road to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 action. Here are the top players to watch on the Jets who should have quite the impact.
Coming into Week 7, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are both looking to build off of something in consecutive weeks after playing the Super Bowl LI participants. The Dolphins surprised most by defeating the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In defeat, the Jets showed they could keep it competitive with some of the best but ultimately came up short against the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Being one of the more well-traveled teams in the league this year due to Hurricane Irma moving a Week 1 tilt with Tampa Bay to a common bye week for both teams, and a trip to London earlier this season, this is only the second game with a legitimate home-field advantage.
Miami will look to bring it against the Jets and string together three wins in a row while avenging a Week 3 stinker against their bitter rivals. Here are the top players on the Jets to keep an eye on as they’ll undoubtedly be what makes them leave this game victorious.
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Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse
Kearse could potentially be more effective in this offense if there was another talented receiver to account for being a threat and taking some heat off of him, but nonetheless, he has been trying to do his part since coming over from Seattle right before the season.
He is coming off a season-high 79 receiving yards against the Patriots and will look to build on that this afternoon against Miami. His future chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown will be interesting to look at moving forward.
Safety Jamal Adams
Adams will look to have a repeat performance of Week 3 against the Dolphins where he had two tackles for losses, one sack, and one pass deflection.
Adams has been getting rave reviews and he is turning into a young leader that the nucleus of this team will thrive with. He will certainly look to state his case as to why he should be Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Offensive Tackle Brandon Shell
Shell had a very bad day dealing with Cameron Wake in Week 3, and it showed. He will look to right the ship today. Shell is coming off one of the least productive performances he has had this season. McCown won’t be able to get anything done with Wake consistently making life difficult for him, so here is hoping Shell is ready. He’ll more than likely be better prepared as he’s become more consistent as of late on the Jets offensive line.
Linebacker Demario Davis
During the Week 3 matchup, Davis was all over the place (12 tackles, three for loss, one pass defended). If he has the same dominant performance in Hard Rock Stadium, life will be difficult for Jay Cutler all over again.
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Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Stop the presses! The Jets finally have some solid production at tight end! Seferian-Jenkins is coming off of a career game against New England. He should have had more of a game if it were not for the touchdown that he was completely robbed on. If McCown does not have Wake charging at him consistently, look for him to get ASJ involved as much as he can.