Not all tackles are created equally in the NFL. There is a difference between dragging a guy down after he runs for 11 yards and a first down and making a big stop.
One of the thing I like to look at are tackles that end drives. When you tackle a guy short of the sticks on third and fourth down, it makes a big difference.
Who is making the tackles this season that get the Jets off the field? Let’s take a look.
Jamal Adams certainly has had some hiccups in coverage lately, but this stat shows one of the ways he is making a positive impact as a rookie. He is helping to get the Jets off the field defensively.
Morris Claiborne being tied for second also speaks to his effective play. You should always be concerned when you see a cornerback have high tackle numbers. Most cornerback tackles occur because he allows a completion, and he tackles the guy he has been covering. Allowing a completion and making the tackle short of the sticks, though is a successful play on third down. This likely shows that some of the completions he has allowed are not hurting the Jets.
Does anything stick out to you?