Another week, another slate of helmet stickers. The Jets are officially on a losing streak; three makes a pattern. Nevertheless, I'll attempt to muddle through and find the stars of the game.
Bronze Star: DL Muhammad Wilkerson (5 tackles, 1 sack)
So now we know: The key to getting quality play out of Wilkerson is to take him out of practices. I don't know how Wilkerson has suddenly flashed dominance again as he's dealt with injuries and stopped practicing, but it's been a long time coming. Wilkerson looked good again this week, recording 5 tackles and the first sack of the season for the defensive line. Wilkerson may very well be auditioning for other teams at this point, but it's nice to see him look like his old self.
Silver Star: CB Morris Claiborne (1 PD)
Morris Claiborne is the first player to earn a star while just a single PD and leaving the game early due to injury. Despite this, Claiborne looked incredible covering Julio Jones in the rain. Ask any corner in the NFL (presuming you have them on speed dial like the rest of us) and they'll tell you it's no easy task. The defense more or less collapsed without Claiborne shutting down Julio and was forced to change tactics without a corner capable of handling him one on one. Claiborne deserves a lot of credit for doing something I can't remember seeing any corner do in years.
Gold: WR Robby Anderson (6 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD)
It was a career day for Anderson against Atlanta, compiling an impressive 6 catches for 104 yards and a TD. He also had a 1 yard rush, but let's not talk about that. Anderson seemed to have no trouble with the rain while other struggled and simply outran several defenders after winning at the line. Anderson is now flirting with a 1,000 yard season and is starting to look like a potential deep threat complement to Enunwa if the Jets bring him back. The receiving corps will still be lacking a true #1 playmaker, but the group may be a little better next year than they're given credit for this year.
So there you go. After seven weeks, the point totals are as follows:
Kony Ealy 6 points (3 silver)
Marcus Maye 6 points (2 gold)
Jamal Adams 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
Jermaine Kearse 5 points (1 gold, 2 bronze)
Muhammad Wilkerson 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Robby Anderson 3 points (1 gold)
Brandon Shell 3 points (1 gold)
Bilal Powell 3 points (1 gold)
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins 3 points (1 gold)
Morris Claiborne 2 points (1 silver)
Chandler Catanzaro 1 point (1 bronze)
Terrence Brooks 1 point (1 bronze)
Leonard Williams 1 point (1 bronze)
Buster Skrine 1 point (1 bronze)
Matt Forte 1 point (1 bronze)