Stock down: Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets ($SAUCE)
- 6 tackles, 1 pass defended, 93% snap count
The No. 4 overall pick didn't necessarily have a bad game, but based on the high standard that the team, fans, and likely the player himself set, it could have been better.
Based on his collegiate career and the way he carries himself, Gardner already feels like a shutdown corner to some. It should be expected, though, that he too will go through his share of rookie mistakes.
Jacoby Brissett was targeting the rookie cornerback often in the first half. Miscommunication between Gardner and safety Lamarcus Joyner led to an Amari Cooper touchdown in the second quarter.
This will be a learning moment for Gardner. Realistically, a rookie in his second game shouldn't have to be communicating to a ninth-year veteran such as Joyner in that type of manner.
But with all of the hype comes the responsibility of being an immediate leader on the team, fair or unfair. There was also a moment in the game where it seemed like Gardner gave up his first true touchdown in the NFL.
Gardner made an excellent play on the ball against Donovan Peoples-Jones. The touchdown call was later overturned as he was out of bounds.
Make sure to hold onto all of your $SAUCE stock. It is however important to be aware that Gardner will get beat at times and fans shouldn't expect him to become Darrelle Revis overnight (if ever).