NY Jets Winner: Matt Ammendola
The Jets might have found their kicker and punter. When Braden Mann exited in the first quarter with a seemingly serious knee injury, few could have expected what his replacement, Matt Ammendola, would do in his place.
Ammendola still hasn't attempted an NFL kick. But the former undrafted free agent might have found a role as an NFL punter. Ammendola averaged nearly 50 yards per punt including a booming 67-yarder that pinned the Panthers back within their 15-yard line.
Credit to the punt coverage team too as they made Ammendola's job even easier. The Justin Hardee signing is already paying off — he's easily the best gunner on the Jets' roster, and likely one of the best in the league.
It remains to be seen how serious Mann's injury is. But if he's forced to miss anytime, it's hard to argue that the Jets shouldn't just roll with Ammendola at both spots given what we saw in Week 1.
NY Jets Loser: Quinnen Williams
Quinnen Williams missed the entire summer as he was recovering from a broken foot suffered in the offseason. It's understandable that his first game back was underwhelming.
But that doesn't make it any less disappointing.
Facing a poor Panthers interior offensive line in Week 1, many saw Williams as a player who could dominate on Sunday. Instead, he was a relative non-factor as the likes of Pat Elflein, Matt Paradis, and Dennis Daley shut him down.
Again, Williams missed a lot of time this summer, so his slow start shouldn't be shocking. But the Jets would have loved to see more from him on Sunday.