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

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Stock up 50% WoW: Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets ($MM)

  • Stats: 2 pressures allowed, 100% snap count

It's really tough to deny how well fourth-rounder Max Mitchell has held his own through his first three weeks in the NFL. A lot has been asked of him and to this point, albeit with some minor bumps in the road, he has been a stabling presence in an otherwise shaky unit.

Against the Bengals, he probably has his best showing thus far, meanwhile, George Fant and Conor McDermott were getting destroyed by Trey Hendrickson and others.

Mitchell has arguably been the best offensive lineman for the Jets (although Alijah Vera-Tucker likely has that claim). To be able to be in that conversation nonetheless says plenty about Mitchell as well as about the state of the rest of the offensive line.

The Jets will need to hope that this streak of solid play continues with the mess that they are dealing with at the left tackle position. If there happens to be regression from Mitchell, this team will be in a lot of trouble trying to protect their hopeful franchise quarterback.

Stock up 15% WoW: Jermaine Johnson, DE, NY Jets ($JJ) & Micheal Clemons, DE, NY Jets ($DEEBO)

  • Stats: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 29% snap count ($JJ) 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 28% snap count ($DEEBO)

Both Jermaine Johnson and Micheal Clemons had solid performances given their limited time on the field in Week 3. For what it's worth, they were the two top-graded rookie edge rushers according to Pro Football Focus.

Johnson has made a noticeable difference in the run game when he has been on the field. It would be a boon to the defensive line if one or both of these rookies could get to the quarterback more often as that is the missing part of the equation on defense right now.

Ideally, we see the snap counts for both Johnson and Clemons on the rise as the season progresses, although there appears to be a bit of stubbornness from the coaches when it comes to snap counts for their defensive lineman.

Flat WoW: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, NY Jets ($LIJR) - 0% snap count

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