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7 NY Jets players who improved their stock against the Falcons

NY Jets, Chris Streveler, Lawrence Cager
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4. Jonathan Marshall, DT, NY Jets

Jonathan Marshall is one of a handful of players fighting for a rotational role on the Jets' defensive line, and he certainly made the most of the opportunities he was given on Monday.

With the Jets sitting their entire starting defensive line, Marshall played the majority of the game and was one of the most disruptive players on that side of the ball. The former sixth-round pick finished with five tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss.

That sack and tackle for loss came on consecutive plays in the third quarter where he first came flying up the middle to bring down Feleipe Franks only to blow up a screen pass on the very next play.

Marshall is competing with the likes of Nathan Shepherd and Tanzel Smart for both snaps and roster spots. He was easily the most effective of the three on Monday night.

3. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets

To this point, the Jets have pretended that there's been a "competition" between rookie Sauce Gardner and the incumbent Bryce Hall for the starting cornerback job opposite D.J. Reed. After Monday's game, it's time they end the charade.

Hall had a disastrous performance on Monday night allowing four catches on four targets and surrendering a perfect passer rating when targeted. It was a downright awful night for the former Virginia standout.

As for Gardner, he was once again flawless and has yet to even be targeted in his preseason career. Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota didn't look Gardner's way on any of his eight coverage snaps, something that might become a familiar trend in the latter's career.

It's clear who the Jets' starting cornerbacks should be. Let's stop pretending.

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