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5 highest-graded NY Jets players by PFF through 3 weeks

NY Jets, John Franklin-Myers
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NY Jets, John Franklin-Myers
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2. John Franklin-Myers, DE, NY Jets

John Franklin-Myers has been one of the pleasant surprises from the first three weeks of the season. The former Los Angeles Rams fourth-round pick broke out last season and developed into a quality contributor in the Jets' defensive-line rotation.

While his stat line wasn't anything special, the analytics indicated that bigger things likely awaited him in the future. And this time, the analytics didn't lie.

Franklin-Myers has been one of the Jets' best overall players through three weeks with a PFF grade of 73.4 that ranks 31st at his position. And if not for a lackluster Week 3, that grade would be even higher.

His 76.2 run-defense grade is actually good for 11th in the NFL and he's been productive as a pass rusher, despite an underwhelming 62.3 pass-rush grade. Once again, though, context is needed for that.

Franklin-Myers' pass-rush grade was much higher before this past week when he posted a lowly 53.8 pass-rush grade. But it's important to note that he was playing through a calf injury that kept him sidelined for most of the week.

He clearly wasn't 100 percent and it showed with his performance. But overall, Franklin-Myers has been phenomenal.

The 25-year-old has two sacks, a forced fumble, eight total pressures, five hurries, and four stops in just three games. Simply put, he's been one of the best players on the roster.

Once his calf injury is fully healed, expect Franklin-Myers to return to his superb pass-rushing ways.

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