3. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's excellent day in pass protection
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been somewhat of an enigma in his first two starts with the Jets. But at least after his promising showing in Week 12, he undoubtedly looks like an improvement over Greg Van Roten.
Duvernay-Tardif's first game with the Jets didn't go quite so well. The former Super Bowl champion surrendered a team-high seven pressures and was mostly a liability in pass protection.
That said, he excelled with his run blocking earning a PFF run-block grade of 78.0 for his efforts. However, the narrative completely flipped when he took the field this Sunday.
Duvernay-Tardif followed up his difficult debut in pass protection by not allowing a single QB pressure in Week 12 (the play that resulted in a facemask penalty against Zach Wilson was nullified due to the flag).
He finished with a superb 86.3 PFF pass-block grade which was the highest mark on the team. For reference, Van Roten didn't have a single game this season in which he allowed zero QB pressures.
Duvernay-Tardif did so in his second game back after sitting out nearly two years.
The Jets have to be very pleased with the play of Duvernay-Tardif in Week 12 and it's safe to say they probably made the right decision inserting him into the starting lineup.