Every week during the season SB Nation team sites are asked a question. This week we were asked to identify the player our team can least afford to lose.
That is a tricky question when the team is 5-8, 20th in scoring offense, and 21st in scoring defense. Even if you lose your best player, it doesn’t make a huge difference. Let’s jump in, though.
For much of the season, I probably would have answered Morris Claiborne. Claiborne was the most consistent Jets cover guy during the early part of the season. If you have even one cornerback you can trust, it makes life much easier on the defense, opening up blitz possibilities and allowing simpler coverages.
Claiborne’s recent struggles make this question more difficult, though.
At this point, I think I would have to say Robby Anderson is the player the Jets could least afford to lose. To the extent this team has a big play threat on offense, Anderson is it. It isn’t exactly a dynamic unit with Anderson in there. Robby has developed into one of the better deep threats in the league this season so taking him out would have an impact. At this point, he is the only above average wide receiver on the team.
Who would you choose?