After an impressive shutout win over the Panthers last week, the NY Jets fell to the Buccaneers 13-6. It wasn’t their best game, but there were some very encouraging performances that have fans excited no matter what the box score says.
Let’s take a look at some of the Jets notable Pro Football Focus grades from the Buccaneers game.
Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets
The most important Jets player to play this week was undoubtedly Mekhi Becton. The competition for the right tackle position is wide open between Billy Turner, Max Mitchell, and now Becton. Becton took his first game snaps at right tackle and was everything the Jets could have hoped for.
In 28 total snaps, Becton had the highest offensive grade of any Jet with an 85.0. He did not allow any sacks or pressures and had a 76.7 pass-blocking grade. He also had an elite-level 90.2 run-blocking grade.
After this game, Becton should be the favorite to start at right tackle come Week 1.
Will McDonald, DE, NY Jets
The Jets first-round pick, Will McDonald, had another very impressive game this week. McDonald only had one total pressure in 21 total snaps, but he graded out extremely well.
McDonald earned a team-high 89.5 defensive grade and a team-high 85.1 pass-rush grade. Every week he is winning reps with his impressive spin move and is looking very good, albeit it is the preseason.
The Jets rookie pass rusher seem to be on this list every week now.
Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets
The Jets' second-string defensive linemen continue to find their way onto these lists. Bryce Huff had another impressive game as well.
Huff had a sack and three total pressures in just 23 total snaps. He earned the second-highest Jets defensive grade at 85.1. Huff also received a 70.1 defensive grade.
Both Huff and McDonald being backups on this defensive line is going to be a sight to see come the regular season.
Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets
Three of the Jets' safety spots seem locked up, with Jordan Whitehead, Tony Adams, and Adrian Amos all likely making the roster. The battle for the fourth spot, however, is getting more interesting week by week.
Ashtyn Davis is one of the guys fighting for that spot, and he excelled in this week’s game. Davis made five tackles and seemed to always be flying toward the ball.
Davis earned impressive grades across the board, including an 83.0 defensive grade, a 76.5 run-defense grade, an 81.0 tackle grade, and a 75.6 coverage grade.
Davis’ special teams ability earned him a spot on the roster last season — maybe he can provide more this season.
Trey Dean, S, NY Jets
The guy battling Davis for that spot is undrafted rookie Trey Dean. Dean has impressed throughout training camp and stood out in this week’s game.
Like Davis, Dean made eight tackles and was flying around the field. Dean only earned a 71.4 defensive grade but had team highs with an 87.8 run-defense grade and an 84.9 tackle grade.
Dean also had the Jets' second-highest special teams grade with a 74.3. It will be interesting to see if Davis or Dean make the final 53-man roster.