Yesterday I released a survey asking Jets fans to rate the performance of each 2017 Jet who played a significant amount of time. There were plenty of responses, so thanks to everyone who voted! You can still give it a shot and vote, and view the player-by-player vote distributions by visiting the link above.
Now, here are the results. Who were Jets fans fond of? Who were they critical of? I asked voters to rate according to how much they thought the player contributed to the team’s success. Below is the list of every player’s average rating out of 10. For players who were featured on the mid-season fan vote, I listed their change in rating.
- Robby Anderson, WR - 8.08 (+0.95 change)
2. Marcus Maye, S - 7.68 (-0.32 change)
3. Demario Davis, LB - 7.63 (+0.60 change)
4. Leonard Williams, DT - 7.53 (+1.59 change)
5. Jermaine Kearse, WR - 7.40 (+1.02 change)
6. Jamal Adams, S - 7.36 (same rating)
7. Bilal Powell, RB - 7.19 (+0.46 change)
8. Josh McCown, QB - 7.11 (+0.31 change)
9. Lachlan Edwards, P - 6.57 (-0.03 change)
10. Chandler Catanzaro, K - 6.50
11. Morris Claiborne, CB - 6.15 (-0.53 change)
12. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE - 5.98 (-0.64 change)
13. Steve McLendon, DT - 5.93 (+1.51 change)
14. Jordan Jenkins, OLB - 5.77 (+0.43 change)
15. Kony Ealy, DE - 5.71 (-0.65 change)
16. Darron Lee, LB - 5.71 (+0.26 change)
17. James Carpenter, LG - 5.39 (+0.16 change)
18. Elijah McGuire, RB - 5.34 (+0.89 change)
19. Kelvin Beachum, LT - 5.23 (+0.02 change)
20. Josh Martin, OLB - 5.08 (+1.24 change)
21. Brandon Shell, RT - 5.05 (+0.57 change)
22. Buster Skrine, CB - 4.91 (+1.92 change)
23. Eric Tomlinson, TE - 4.85 (+0.40 change)
24. Lawrence Thomas, FB - 4.69
25. Matt Forte, RB - 4.61 (-0.62 change)
26. David Bass, OLB - 4.59
27. Jeremy Kerley, WR - 4.54 (+0.12 change)
28. Mike Pennel, DT - 4.51
29. Brian Winters, RG - 4.39 (+0.18 change)
30. Darryl Roberts, CB - 4.21 (+0.44 change)
31. Chad Hansen, WR - 4.18
32. Xavier Cooper, DE - 4.06
33. Brent Qvale, OL - 3.80 (+0.42 change)
34. ArDarius Stewart, WR - 3.67
35. Dakota Dozier, OL - 3.64
36. Juston Burris, CB - 3.24 (+0.43 change)
37. Wesley Johnson, C - 3.04 (-0.30 change)
38. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE - 2.93 (-2.36 change)
39. Bryce Petty, QB - 2.07
Biggest Risers: 1. Buster Skrine, 2. Leonard Williams, 3. Steve McLendon, 4. Josh Martin, 5. Jermaine Kearse
Skrine at #1 here is no surprise, and it’s nice to see the fans recognize his second half of play even if it wasn’t enough to cancel out a very rough first half (and first two seasons). 30th of 31 at midseason, Skrine climbed up to 22nd, as he played very solidly overall in the second half.
I thought Leo and McLendon played very well throughout the year, but each showed out with some more flash plays later in the year to grab fans’ attention. Jermaine Kearse posted his only two 100+ yard games in the second half, back-to-back against Carolina and Kansas City. Josh Martin missed some games mid-year but upon his return recorded quite a few QB hits and tackles for loss to get on the radar of the fanbase.
Biggest Fallers: 1. Muhammad Wilkerson, 2. Kony Ealy, 3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 4. Matt Forte, 5. Morris Claiborne
Mo takes number one here by a humongous margin. At midseason, he was fresh off of a couple decent signs of life, including a really strong game in Miami. Since then, he reverted to the same seemingly washed up and content player he appeared to be since he received his new deal. Fans are never going to be fond of a highly-paid, poorly-performing player, especially when he gets benched late in the year.
Ealy grabbed eyeballs with his pass-deflecting early on, but sort of disappeared in the second half. He played 40% of defensive snaps for the year, but was under 30% in each of the Jets’ last six games.
ASJ also performed a disappearing act, collecting only 42 receiving yards over the last 5 weeks (playing in 4 games), just 10.5 yards per game after putting up 35 yards per game with 3 touchdowns prior.
Matt Forte was never a fan favorite this season because of his age. The Jets gradually shifted away from him as they were eliminated from contention, hurting his production. Claiborne would be higher on my list of decliners. I thought he was a solid #1 corner in the first half. In the second half, he was burnt toast, perhaps due to his injury suffered mid-season.
My Vote For Most Underrated Player on the List: Steve McLendon - I thought McLendon played very well this year. He’s not a statsheet stuffer, but he plays his nose tackle role the right way. I definitely thought he was a top ten contributor.
Was Steve McLendon the most underrated Jet?
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My Vote For Most Overrated Player on the List: James Carpenter - Carpenter is one of Maccagnan’s best free agent signings. A lowly-heralded move, he was one of the team’s best offensive players from 2015-16. That reputation alone is what made him the team’s highest-rated offensive lineman in 2017 in the eyes of the fans. Carpenter declined a lot this year. He wasn’t the same player. Blame his surroundings all you want, but it was clear that Carpenter wasn’t performing at nearly the same level.
What do you think of the fan voters?
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They had too much green kool-aid
They rated the team pretty accurately
They were too harsh on the roster
So, what do you think? Are the fans a little too overconfident in their roster? Who was overrated? Underrated?