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Despite a week one victory over the division rival Bills, it could wind up being one of the worst games in NY Jets history. Aaron Rodgers played just four snaps before tearing his Achilles, and now his season and potentially his career are over.
The rest of the Jets roster stepped up and got an impressive victory over the defending AFC East champs. Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from Week 1.
Breece Hall, NY Jets, RB - STUD
In his first game back from injury, Breece Hall looked great in this game.
Hall had 10 carries for 127 yards, including an 83-yard run. He did seem to run out of gas at the end of some of the longer runs, but the lateral shiftiness and the contrast in success compared to Dalvin Cook was stark.
Unfortunately for the Jets, they are looking at an offense more similar to last year. Hall is going to have to play a big role in this offense without Aaron Rodgers.
Last season, the Jets were 5-2 before losing Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker, who also played well in this game. It was good to watch Hall play football again.
Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets - STUD
Garrett Wilson was projected to have a huge season, with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. Those expectations will certainly be lower now, but Wilson still had a huge impact in this game.
Wilson had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Including the touchdown, Wilson made a couple of clutch plays when they needed him too.
Wilson was also seen on the sidelines being supportive of Zach Wilson after his interception. Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, and Nathaniel Hackett all seemed to help Zach Wilson a lot, as it could not have been an easy night having to step in for Aaron Rodgers.
Garrett Wilson showed his worth both as a player and teammate in this game.
Jordan Whitehead, S, NY Jets - STUD
Jordan Whitehead was the Jets highest-graded player from Pro Football Focus with a 91.8. The Jets' defense was elite last season, but the one thing they did not do much of was force turnovers. Whitehead had three interceptions in this game.
This Jets defense looks legit; forcing turnovers and giving the offense more opportunities to put points on the board will be a necessity now.
Injuries - DUD
This is a tough one because there were not many specifically bad performances in this game. Sauce Gardner, Dalvin Cook, and Laken Tomlinson are all players who could've been better, but with the circumstances of the game, coming out with a win is a testament to everyone.
The only thing that went wrong is really the one thing they could not afford to go wrong. Like last season, this team is complete at every position…except quarterback.
Zach Wilson will get at least a few weeks to prove that he can be the guy before the Jets do anything drastic at the position. If he can just be okay — not good, just okay — this team has enough talent to make the playoffs.
He did not play great in this game, but with the circumstances of being thrown in abruptly in such a big moment, he should get some slack. But with a week of preparation and game planning for him as the starter in year three, he does not get that anymore.
We will see if the former second-overall pick can step up.