NY Jets: Winners and losers from Week 5 loss to the Falcons

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Winner: Tim Ward, DE, NY Jets

There weren't too many standouts to choose from in this game, but one player who absolutely earned himself more snaps going forward was defensive end Tim Ward.

Ward, who was claimed off waivers along with Quincy Williams prior to the start of the season, was a regular contributor in the Jets defensive line rotation over the first three weeks before being left as a healthy scratch in Week 4.

But he did everything in his power to convince the Jets that he belongs in the rotation moving forward.

His two best plays came in consecutive order in the third quarter, first when he blew up a Mike Davis carry for a loss and then when he burst into the backfield and got in Matt Ryan's face in less than two seconds to bat down an attempted pass.

Ward could prove to be another solid waiver-wire pickup for Joe Douglas and the Jets. Maybe they should just build their entire roster using waiver claims.

Food for thought.

Loser: Elijah Moore, WR, NY Jets

This one isn't necessarily a criticism of the player, rather his usage. Elijah Moore has been completely misused by the Jets coaching staff through five weeks and it's hindered any type of impact Jets fans likely expected him to have.

Moore finished with zero catches for zero yards on Sunday. His lone positive contribution came when he drew a long pass interference call that set up a Jets touchdown in the fourth quarter.

But given the preseason hype around him, it's safe to say that most were expecting more than eight catches for 66 yards in four games played. His lack of production mostly falls on the coaching staff.

Moore thrived at Ole Miss as a do-it-all playmaker who can line up anywhere from the slot to the boundary to even the backfield. The Ole Miss coaching staff found ways to get him the ball in space and allow him to do what he does best — make plays.

But rather than take note of his Ole Miss usage or look around the league at players like Deebo Samuel or even fellow rookie Kadarius Toney, the Jets have pigeonholed Moore as an outside receiver and left him isolated on the boundary.

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The Jets' puzzling misuse of Elijah Moore is one of the most troubling developments on offense this season. And that's saying a lot.