Notable NY Jets PFF grades from the Panthers preseason game

How did Zach Wilson and others grade out?
NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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The NY Jets put together a promising performance in their second preseason game of the year against the Carolina Panthers. They shut out the Panthers, winning 27-0, and were witness to some very encouraging showings from a number of players.

After the loss in the Hall of Fame Game, the Jets bounced back in a big way and had some more important players play as well.

Let’s take a look at some of the Jets' most notable Pro Football Focus grades from the team's game against the Panthers.

Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

In the Hall of Fame Game, Zach Wilson only played a few drives but looked good while he was out there. Against the Panthers, Wilson played a lot more — 40 total snaps — and looked even better.

It’s not a stretch to say that this game was the most comfortable Wilson looked in the NFL, albeit it is the preseason. Wilson completed 14-of-20 passes for 123 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. This earned him a 72.5 offensive grade and a 69.3 passing grade.

With Aaron Rodgers unlikely to play in the preseason, Wilson will get plenty of opportunities to keep stacking up these good performances.

NY Jets running backs

Even with Breece Hall still not playing, the Jets' running backs found a lot of success in this game.

Michael Carter looked like he did when he was a rookie. He did not play that much but had 19 yards on only four attempts and had two receptions for 34 yards as well. This earned Carter a 66.8 rushing grade and a team-high 90.2 receiving grade.

Rookie Israel Abanikanda also found a lot of success in this game. He had 12 attempts for 56 yards and three receptions for 31 yards. Abanikanda earned a team-high 69.5 rushing grade and a 76.9 receiving grade.

With Dalvin Cook now in the fold, these running backs are fighting for the last two roster spots.

NY Jets offensive linemen

The Jets' offensive line has its question marks, so these preseason games could count for a lot. Besides starters Duane Brown and Alijah Vera-Tucker, most of the offensive linemen played in this game.

Starting left guard Laken Tomlinson only played 18 snaps, allowing one pressure and earning a 78.5 run-blocking grade and a 63.5 pass-blocking grade.

Starting center Connor McGovern also played 18 snaps, not allowing any pressures and earning a 62.2 run-blocking grade and a 76.4 pass-blocking grade.

The right tackle competition saw Mekhi Becton jump to 28 snaps, up from just seven last week. He looked decent, allowing one sack and earning a 76.2 run-blocking grade but only a 43.0 pass-blocking grade.

Max Mitchell and Billy Turner each played 18 snaps apiece. Neither allowed any pressures, and Turner earned an impressive 80.8 pass-blocking grade. Right now, it seems like Turner is the favorite to be the starting right tackle come the regular season.

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NY Jets defensive linemen

The defensive linemen were the stars of this game. The Jets' backups dominated and showed how scary the defensive line rotation could be this season.

Jermaine Johnson looked like the best player on the field. He had a sack and three total pressures on just nine pass-rush snaps. He earned a 90.0 defensive grade and an 80.2 pass-rush grade.

Bryce Huff also picked up a sack and three total pressures in nine pass-rush snaps. He earned an 89.9 defensive grade and an 86.7 pass-rush grade.

Will McDonald also played really well despite a somewhat low grade. He had a sack and four total pressures on 11 pass rush snaps, but for whatever reason only earned a 76.4 pass rush grade.

Either way, the fact that the backup defensive lineman played this well against the Panthers' starting offensive line shows how talented this defensive front is.