NY Jets offensive grades for Week 1 win over the Bills

Grading the offensive performances of four key Jets in their Week 1 win over the Bills
NY Jets, Breece Hall
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3. Dalvin Cook, RB, NY Jets

I was excited to see Dalvin Cook in this offense and expected a big day from him in his debut. Much of that was also predicated on the expectation of Aaron Rodgers under center, but I was intrigued to watch Cook play.

He definitely makes the backfield more explosive and just plain better. He is certainly better than either Michael Carter or Israel Abanikanda. But I didn’t see the same pop and electric burst he possessed in Minnesota.

When compared to Hall, it isn’t even a comparison between the two. Hall showed why he is an ascending superstar, and Cook why he is on a one-year veteran deal.

Cook finished with 12 carries to pace the group, but only 33 yards — good for just 2.5 yards per carry. He did, however, add three catches for 26 yards, including a nice 15-yard pickup on a screen pass. He totaled almost 60 yards from scrimmage, not bad for someone who just joined the team two weeks ago.

Cook will be better. He is still working off the rust of taking an entire preseason off. But he needs to be better, quick. It’s clear that the offensive line can create the holes needed, as evidenced by Hall’s monster game.

It was positive to see Cook impact the passing game, as he can help Wilson early on as a backfield threat and take some of the burden off Wilson if he can produce in the running game. That said, it was an average if not unspectacular, debut for Cook that he can build upon moving forward.

Grade: C+