And so ends the Jets first 3 game winning streak since week 16 of 2015. This one was tough to stomach, as the zebras played a major contributing role and the Jets ended up blowing a 14-0 early lead against the universally despised Patriots. Giving stickers remains a crucial role in ensuring the success of the team, however, so I stomached rewatching the tape and found my three:
Bronze Star: CB Buster Skrine (2 tackles, 3 PDs, 1 INT)
Skrine gets a bum rap, and often deservedly so, but he is more than serviceable as a slot corner. I still don't believe he is worth what he's being paid and he's not well suited to playing outside, but he does bring value from the slot. For one, Skrine is actually a surprisingly good blitzer from the slot. He dropped an INT in this game as Brady attempted to pick on him early, but he had a good game overall with 3 PDs and a big INT.
Silver Star: DL Kony Ealy (2 PDs)
Ealy continues to be the Jets most effective pass rusher despite logging 0 sacks on the year and playing limited snaps. He regularly gets pressure on the quarterback and has caused a lot of incompletions or sacks for other players as a result of forcing QBs to step up in the pocket. On top of his solid pressure numbers, Ealy has a ridiculous 7 PDs (and 1 INT) on the season, a number that would rarely be sniffed in an entire season for a DL. To put that in perspective, that's only 1 less than Claiborne and Skrine combined, despite 4 PDs those two this week. Ealy might not be J.J. Watt in his prime, but he has been arguably the most disruptive force on the DL thus far despite being picked up on waivers and playing very limited snaps.
Gold Star: TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (8 Receptions, 46 yards, 2 TDs*, 0 Fumbles*)
ASJ has been another waiver wire pickup that has played well in his limited time this season. If not for an awful call by the refs, ASJ would be the first Jets TE to catch 2 fumbles in NFL history (okay, maybe not, but it definitely seems that way these days.) He ran good routes, caught his targets, and provided decent blocking against the Patriots. If his rebirth year continues, he could prove to be a valuable asset as the Jets build a young team with above average starters on the cheap. He finally gives the Jets a difficult matchup with his size and agility.
*These numbers represent actual totals in accordance with reality. Inaccurate data, also known as BS numbers, are not represented in the real totals.
So there you go. After six weeks, the point totals are as follows:
Kony Ealy 6 points (3 silver)
Jamal Adams 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
Jermaine Kearse 5 points (1 gold, 2 bronze)
Demario Davis 4 points (2 silver)
Marcus Maye 3 points (1 gold)
Brandon Shell 3 points (1 gold)
Bilal Powell 3 points (1 gold)
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins 3 points (1 gold)
Chandler Catanzaro 1 point (1 bronze)
Terrence Brooks 1 point (1 bronze)
Leonard Williams 1 point (1 bronze)
Buster Skrine 1 point (1 bronze)