NY Jets: 3 players to blame for Week 1 loss to the Panthers

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2. Sheldrick Redwine, S, NY Jets

To be entirely fair to Sheldrick Redwine, he was tossed into the fire after Lamarcus Joyner was ruled out during the game — but as the saying goes, next man up.

The Jets were hit with a few unfortunate injuries throughout the day, including punter Braden Mann getting folded like a lawn chair (only for the refs to call holding on the punting team). The injury that had the biggest impact on the outcome of the game was possibly the one that was overlooked.

When Joyner was taken out of the game, Redwine heard his name called to line up beside Marcus Maye. You could easily chalk up the biggest mistake of the day to a poor defensive playcall.

Of course, this is in reference to the 57-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson that tore out the hearts of every Jets fan this side of the Mississippi.

In the play, Redwine was left one on one with the speedy Anderson, and it went about as well as you would imagine. Redwine ate Anderson's dust as he ran right past him for a huge touchdown. Considering the final score was 19-14. It proved to be the difference-maker.

Thankfully, the entire defense seemed to stiffen up in the second half, as Darnold was only able to throw for just over 30 yards after lighting the secondary up for 200+ in the first. Still, the offense came alive just a little too late for the team to win.

The defense as a whole could have fingers pointed at them, such as the previously mentioned defensive line unable to get pressure on Sam Darnold, or even C.J. Mosley who was bullied to the tune of allowing five of six targets to result in catches.

No play was bigger for either side than the Robby Anderson touchdown -- both in terms of the game and in terms of emotion.

It wasn't entirely on Redwine, but he was the man called on to defend Anderson, and he didn't.