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NY Jets, Sauce Gardner
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The NY Jets had yet another poor home opener to kick off the 2022 NFL season.

While there were many negatives that will need to be improved quickly in order to compete, the flashes that fans saw from the Jets rookies were some of the best parts of an otherwise miserable day.

Let's take a look at how the 2022 Jets draft class looked after their debuts in the NFL.

Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets

  • 2 tackles, 1 pass defended, 72.5 PFF grade, 100% snap count

The Jets' No. 4 overall pick, Sauce Gardner, gave Jets fans a glimpse at what type of special player he could become.

While he was not tested at all in the preseason, there were a couple of times when Gardner got center stage in order to display his shutdown corner potential.

There were a few plays throughout the game where Gardner was matched up against the Ravens' best weapon, Mark Andrews. The play that was the most noteworthy was his touchdown-saving effort against Andrews in the second quarter.

Gardner displayed his recovery skills and his fundamentals in the pass deflection that many others, rookie or veteran, could have easily struggled with.

Aside from a handful of plays, Gardner's name wasn't mentioned much which is a good thing. The tandem of Reed and the first-year cornerback out of Cincinnati looks like a formidable duo to hold down the back end of the Jets' defense.

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