NY Jets Week 3 Rookie Stock Report: Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson soar

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The NY Jets once again had a disappointing performance following a win, a narrative that Jets fans have become accustomed to at this point. At this point, the frustration boils down to how the team loses just as much as the actual loss itself.

One of the most surprising aspects of the Jets' problems right now is that key veterans that have been added to the roster through free agency over the past couple of years are the players that are making the most mistakes.

On the flip side, the rookies and young players taken in the draft over the same amount of time are the main reasons why the team isn't getting fully embarrassed on Sundays.

Contrary to what many thought heading into the season, it appears that this rookie class won't need much of an adjustment to the NFL as they are top performers within their respective position groups.

Since there were so many solid performances from the rookies in Week 3, it is most fitting to say how much of a percent their stock has gone up Week-over-Week (WoW).

A Jets legend on Twitter gave a cool look at some top plays from the first four picks of the 2022 NFL Draft below, one of the few encouraging signs from an otherwise pitiful effort.

Stock up 30% WoW:  Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets ($SAUCE)

  • Stats: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 passes defended, 100% snap count

This guy is so much fun to watch. After years of horrendous play at cornerback, it's a breath of fresh air to watch someone like Sauce Gardner (that D.J. Reed guy is pretty good too).

Seeing No. 1 Sauce Gardner line up across No. 1 Ja'Marr Chase was awesome. Gardner made a special play against last season's Offensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the first quarter. He seemed to also be getting in Chase's head a bit early on.

It's evident that Gardner has CB1 potential. The only reason his stock didn't go up much higher is that he had a repeat from Week 2 where miscommunication between him and Lamarcus Joyner led to an easy touchdown for the opposition.

It's hard to tell exactly who the blame is on for these scenarios without understanding the play call and who is being told what, but Gardner must clean this up (with some help from less complicated play calling perhaps).