NY Jets offensive personnel usage through 5 weeks is puzzling

NY Jets, Ryan Griffin
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The NY Jets have struggled to do much of anything on offense over the first five weeks of the season.

Part of that is due to the poor play of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, part of it is due to early offensive line inconsistencies, and part of it is due to lackluster offensive play calling.

But perhaps the most infuriating part of the Jets' offensive struggles thus far has been the team's puzzling personnel usage.

Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and the entire offensive coaching staff have misused some of their most talented offensive playmakers and simply opted not to use others in favor of players who probably shouldn't even be seeing the field.

It's a serious problem — one that must be addressed coming out of the bye week.

The NY Jets personnel usage on offense has been frustrating

Corey Davis leads the Jets' skill players in offensive snaps with 257. That shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that he's their No. 1 wide receiver. But who's second, you might ask?

Tight end Ryan Griffin with 195 snaps.

Ryan Griffin is someone who probably shouldn't even be on the Jets' roster, let alone their second most used offensive skill player through five weeks.

Griffin currently has a woeful 44.3 Pro Football Focus grade that ranks 66th out of 70 qualified tight ends. His 37.7 receiving grade is second-worst in the NFL and his run-block grade isn't great either.

It's a crime that he's received as much usage as he has.

Meanwhile, behind Griffin is fellow tight end Tyler Kroft who has been nearly just as inept this season. If the Jets knew they were going to run this much 12 personnel, why didn't they address the tight end position more in the offseason?

And on the other end of the spectrum, shouldn't it be the coaching staff's job to work his scheme around his players? The Jets have an abundance of wide receiver talent, yet they still run 12 personnel at a higher rate than most teams.

Even with Kroft out this past Sunday, the Jets just moved fullback Trevon Wesco back to tight end in his place. Wesco went on to play 43 percent of offensive snaps which was more than second-round rookie Elijah Moore saw.

That's right, the Jets used Trevon Wesco more than Elijah Moore on Sunday. That's inexcusable.

As for Moore, the Jets continue to pigeonhole him into a role that doesn't suit him. We've already touched on this plenty, but the Jets essentially drafted a do-it-all offensive playmaker and isolated him on the boundary.

Why? Who knows.

Keelan Cole took snaps away from Moore (who finished with zero catches) on Sunday. Wesco received more playing time. Griffin is a featured part of the offense.

Meanwhile, Denzel Mims (yes, we're going to talk about him) can't sniff the field with a healthy roster. Mims has hauled in three catches for 73 yards on just 21 snaps and is currently PFF's highest-graded player on the entire Jets offense.

There's no world where Griffin and Wesco are more valuable to the Jets' offense than Mims is.

The Jets' stunning personnel usage extends far beyond this — this is just a glimpse into the confusing mess that has been the Jets' offense.

The Jets are failing to maximize the talent they have at their disposal and it's having a negative effect on both their young quarterback and their offensive output.

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You could blame the Jets' early offensive struggles on a lot of things. But easily the most fixable issue is their personnel usage.