Let Zach Wilson get his media praise, but the unsung heroes from the NY Jets' first win of the season were the Jets' defense. This Jets' pass rush has produced 13 sacks through four weeks, and 10.5 of those sacks came from five very talented players.
Those five players brought the heat last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans to record a historic number of QB pressures.
To give each a brief shoutout: John Franklin-Myers is on the last year of his deal, and his three sacks and five quarterback hits — along with everything else he's done — definitely mean that he deserves a new contract.
He tallied the most pressures against Ryan Tannehill in Week 4 and is emerging as one of New York's most promising players.
Bryce Huff has also enjoyed a productive start to the season despite being even younger and less experienced than Franklin-Myers. He's been nothing short of elite as an edge rusher this season, as the following graph will show you:
Huff's name, in green, places at the top of the chart (which correlates to a higher pass rush win rate) among pass-rushing heavyweights like Myles Garrett and Joey Bosa.
Huff may not be a household name yet, but he's on the right track and already included in top-tier company so early in his career.
Quinnen Williams is, well, Quinnen Williams, and he deserves a separate article on his contributions this season. Williams currently leads the team with 3.5 sacks in four games, adding six QB hits as well.
The NY Jets pass rush shined in Week 4
Williams tied with Sheldon Rankins in pressures against Tennessee, and Rankins is a bit of a pass-rushing demon in his own right. He's coming off an excellent five seasons in New Orleans where he notched 17.5 sacks and 44 QB hits.
In New York, Rankins hasn't skipped a beat and has fit in nicely as the most experienced member of the interior pass-rushing unit.
Finally, Shaq Lawson is perhaps the most under-the-radar name on this list and the newest addition. Lawson disappointed with the Miami Dolphins but gets a chance to start anew for the Jets, and he's taken advantage of it.
Expect his name to appear on the box score every week.
All of this to say, the Jets' pass-rushing unit looks like not only the best the team has seen in recent years, but even one of the best in the league right now. That's some serious recognition for a team that has a history of cruel and usual disappointment.
If nothing else goes well for the Jets this season, at least they can take pride in their uber-talented pass rush.