The NY Jets run game provided a spark against an elite opponent
There were very few positives to take away from today. After all, New York's offense had several issues, including going 0-for-8 on third downs to start the game.
But there were some positive signs in the run game. Especially considering the level of opponent they were facing. Baltimore had the league's best rushing defense a year ago.
Michael Carter had a very nice game breaking three long runs. And serving as a good outlet in the passing attack. Carter was the Jets' best offensive player, netting over a hundred yards of offense. Unfortunately, Carter dropped an easy TD late in the game, which marred his overall performance.
The NY Jets pass offense led by Joe Flacco was rudderless
You can chalk up the weather if you choose as a legit excuse for Joe Flacco and the Jets' failings on Sunday. But the veteran Flacco struggled mightily throughout the game. He wasn't aided by poor pass protection, and mistakes by his receivers. But Flacco was very indecisive in the pocket, and held on to the ball too long.
Flacco might get another start. But if this continues next week in Cleveland. It's very possible that Mike White could be next in line to lead the offense. That's until Zach Wilson gets back, presumably week 5, maybe?
It goes beyond the quarterback position; the Jets' offensive line was dreadful in pass protection. The quarterback was hit more than ten times in the game. Rookie RT Max Mitchell looked lost and confused. The Jets got him plenty of help, and he needed it. The Ravens pushed him around.
The NY Jets need to make roster changes
Not a great day for the Jets' 2020 draft class. Truthfully, it hasn't been a good couple of years for that group. Bryce Hall gave up a touchdown, but it was a well-played moment for him. The result wasn't very good.
However, beyond Hall. Denzel Mims didn't dress for this game. And the team's punter, like Bryce Hall, has been the only starting player from that class playing in games.
Braden Mann has been way too inconsistent. It seems ridiculous, but his 20-yard shank in the second half was the nail in the coffin for New York
It seems like a knee-jerk reaction after one game. But this has been built up over time. Joe Douglas and the Jets staff need to reassess their roster and eliminate dead weight.
LaMarcus Joyner, who hasn't been a good NFL player for years, struggled mightily against Baltimore. Unfortunately, the Jets' depth behind Joyner is shaky.
Especially considering the fact that the team foolishly released a promising young player in Jason Pinnock. It might be time to phase out Joyner.