I never expected the Jets to be looking 0-16 in the face, but I have to say: I did not expect the Jets to dominate anyone like they dominated the Dolphins this week. I certainly didn’t expect the winless streak to end so early in the season, either. Top to bottom, this was a one-sided affair. The Jets looked decent on offense, excellent on defense, and even performed well on special teams. There were a lot of players who nearly missed my list this week (Robby Anderson, David Baas and Josh McCown deserve a tip of the hat), but in the end there were three standouts that deserved recognition. Here they are:
Bronze Star: DB Terrence Brooks (2 tackles, 3 PDs, 2 INTs)
Brooks’ statline oversells his performance in the game, but it was still an excellent performance from a guy who was largely written off and stuck on the depth chart behind 2 highly drafted rookies. Brooks had an INT on a fake punt that would have been better left on the ground, but he actually looked great in coverage and on special teams in this game. If he can show up to games like this in the future, he may force his way onto the starting roster in certain roles.
Silver Star: LB Demario Davis (12 tackles, 1 PD)
Demario Davis had a rough start to the season, but there’s no denying his performance was excellent this week. The 12 tackles he compiled weren’t fluff. He was in the right gaps, stopping several plays short and others behind the line of scrimmage. Davis even looked decent in coverage, something I never expected to even think. This was a performance that could only be described as the ceiling that everyone had hoped he would reach when he was first drafted. I don’t expect this game to suddenly become the norm after half a decade in the league, but it would be nice to see a few games of its ilk this season.
Gold Star: S Jamal Adams (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD)
Jamal Adams is a stud. When he was drafted, there was a worry that he would be pigeonholed into a SS position that make a top 10 selection seem wasteful. This is not the case. Adams as everywhere this week, hitting his assignments perfectly. He even beat Ja’Wuan James, a player who dominated against Ingram and Bosa in his 2017 debut, for a drive-ruining sack deep in Dolphins territory. Adams has range that the Jets haven’t seen out of a safety in...well, my lifetime at the very least. If this is just the beginning for Adams, the Jets have two tremendous building blocks on the defense with Leo Williams (23) and Adams (21.) It’s a nice thought.
So there you go. After three weeks, the point totals are as follows:
Jamal Adams 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
Jermaine Kearse 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Brandon Shell 3 points (1 gold)
Demario Davis 2 points (1 silver)
Kony Ealy 2 points (1 silver)
Chandler Catanzaro 1 point (1 bronze)
Terrence Brooks 1 point (1 bronze)