The NY Jets preseason officially kicked off with an unfortunate Jets loss. Despite it being a game that was not all that important, it was still great to watch football again.
There were not many Jets players that will have big roles this season playing in the game, but there were a handful of notable players. Let’s take a look at how Pro Football Focus thinks the top Jets players fared in the Hall of Fame Game.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
Zach Wilson did not play that much in this game but looked better and more composed than last year. In just five attempts, he completed three passes for 65 yards. He recorded one big-time throw on a 57-yard bomb to Malik Taylor.
Wilson finished with a 69.8 offensive grade and will look to build on this progress as he will likely get more preseason opportunities.
Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets
Mekhi Becton was one of the most important Jets players in this game. The right tackle position is wide open, and a healthy Becton would be huge for this offense.
Becton only played eight snaps, with the Jets not wanting to push his recovering knee, but he looked good in those snaps. He did not allow any sacks or pressures and graded out pretty well. Becton finished with an 80.3 pass-blocking grade and a 66.5 run-blocking grade.
With Billy Turner not playing, you have to wonder if he has an edge on Becton and Max Mitchell in the right tackle competition. Regardless, here's to hoping Becton can continue playing well next week.
Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets
Speaking of Max Mitchell, he played well in this game too. Like Becton, Mitchell did not allow any sacks or pressures either but graded out slightly worse. Mitchell played 13 snaps and finished with a 78.4 pass-block grade and a 45.7 run-block grade.
Becton, Mitchell, and Turner competing for the right tackle spot will continue to be one of the most intriguing storylines of the Jets' preseason.
Joe Tippmann, C, NY Jets
Jets fans can breathe a sigh of relief for now. After reports that Joe Tippmann was only playing with the third team, some fans jumped to conclusions about the rookie second-round pick.
Well, Tippmann played the entire game and played really well. He did not allow any sacks or pressures, and there did not seem to be any snap issues either. Tippmann finished with an 82.9 pass-block grade and a 64.0 run-block grade.
Tippmann showed promise, and although it does not seem like he is in the starting center conversation, he should be ready to take that role in due time.
Jamien Sherwood, LB, NY Jets
The probable third linebacker also briefly played in this game and played pretty well. Jamien Sherwood played 16 snaps and recorded three total tackles.
Sherwood had a very impressive run defense grade (89.1) and tackle grade (79.5). However, Sherwood recorded a 30.4 coverage grade to even his overall grade out to 59.1.
Will McDonald, DE, NY Jets
The Jets first-round pick flashed on two plays in particular in this game. Will McDonald recorded one quarterback hit and one hurry to finish with two total pressures.
His grades from this game are nothing eye-opening — a 61.9 pass-rush grade. However, the plays he did make show the potential that he has.