NY Jets: 10 winners and losers from Week 1 loss to Panthers

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NY Jets Winner: Marcus Maye

Marcus Maye had a quietly excellent game in Week 1. The standout safety finished with a team-leading eight tackles and made a number of fantastic plays in important situations.

He laid down the hit stick on tight end Dan Arnold in the first quarter to force a fourth down after the veteran tight end hauled in a pass in the flats. He had a key pass breakup working against rookie Terrace Marshall in the third quarter to once again force fourth down.

And in the fourth quarter, Maye once again stopped Marshall short of the line in the red zone with a superb tackle. Maye made plays at opportune times — those eight tackles were hard-earned.

With his contract situation still hanging over the head of the organization, Maye made a strong case to be extended on Sunday.

NY Jets Loser: Mekhi Becton

Mekhi Becton lands on this list as a "loser" not necessarily because of his play on the field, but because of the play that took him off the field.

On the very same play that Zach Wilson found Corey Davis in the corner of the end zone for his first career touchdown pass, Becton had his knee rolled up. Initially, everyone undoubtedly feared the worst.

Fortunately, it appears as though Becton dodged a season-ending injury with initial tests revealing an MCL sprain and nothing more.

For that reason, there's some solace to take from this. However, with Becton still likely set to miss 1-2 months, it's hard to argue he doesn't belong in this spot on the list, through no fault of his own.