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Young stars headline NY Jets studs, duds from Week 6 win over the Packers

NY Jets, Sauce Gardner
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The good times keep on rolling for the NY Jets. They are two games above .500 through six weeks for the first time since 2015 and Zach Wilson is 3-0 since coming back from injury.

Things have gone about as well as Jets fans could have hoped up until this point. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst performers from this week.

Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets - STUD

Quinnen Williams is having a true breakout season so far this season and just had arguably his best game. Williams flat-out dominated on Sunday, recording two sacks, six pressures, one QB hit, a forced fumble, and even blocked a field goal.

Williams is playing at an All-Pro level and is on pace for 14 sacks this season. The Jets' front four is starting to get consistent pressure, in large part due to Williams, which will be an important factor as they look to continue their win streak.

Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets - STUD

Breece Hall followed up last week's amazing performance with yet another great one on Sunday. He finished with 20 carries for 116 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and one touchdown.

With the Packers' struggles in run defense this season, Hall was primed to have a big game. After a rough first half offensively, the Jets ran the ball more with Hall in the second half and the offense came alive. Hall has to be an early candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets - STUD

From an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate to a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, Sauce Gardner had another great game this week. Gardner was a few inches away from starting the game off with a pick-six but still managed to play amazingly through all four quarters.

On six targets, Gardner only allowed one catch for eight yards, forced three incompletions, and allowed a passer rating of 39.6. Nobody expected a rookie cornerback to already be playing at such a high level, but he has been a home run pick so far.

Gardner was the highest-graded Jets player by Pro Football Focus, finishing with an 80.0 grade.

Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets - DUD

It's safe to say that this was Zach Wilson’s worst game so far this season. Aside from a couple of passes to Corey Davis in the third quarter to set up a touchdown for Braxton Berrios, the Jets couldn't really get anything going in the air all game long.

This was somewhat expected as the Packers' defense is good against the pass, but it was getting worrisome at the half when the Jets only had three points on the board. One positive is that, despite his struggles, Wilson did not turn the ball over — something that was a major problem for him last season.

Wilson finished with a team-worst 35.5 PFF grade.

Elijah Moore, WR, NY Jets - DUD

As mentioned, the Jets struggled to pass the ball this week, and even though some of that falls on Zach Wilson, some of it goes on the playmakers as well. Corey Davis made a few big catches, but aside from him, none of the Jets' receivers did much.

Jaire Alexander seemed to be all over Garrett Wilson on his few targets, but Elijah Moore was not targeted once all game. Moore himself was not happy about this on Twitter after the game, as he looks to be more involved in the offense in the coming weeks.

Overall

The Jets won this week despite the fact that Zach Wilson and the receivers played their worst game of the season together. That is extremely encouraging for this young Jets team. They are 4-2 on the season, which nobody expected.

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They will look to move to 5-2 on the road in Denver next week.

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