After a couple of weeks of being spoiled for choice, there aren’t many Jets who earned a spot on the list this week. The Jets leader in scrimmage yards was Trenton Cannon with 73, and most of his yardage came on a single pass due to a bust in coverage. I can’t blame anyone for this loss, however. The Vikings are just a much more talented team with a solid coaching staff, they will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. The Jets just got outclassed, and while I would have loved an upset, I more or less assumed I wouldn’t get it. Some weeks, these stickers are fully earned. Some weeks, including this one in particular, they just fall to anyone who did something, anything positive. Let’s talk about those guys:
Bronze Star: CB Darryl Roberts (11 tackles, 2 PDs)
The Vikings clearly targeted Roberts from the beginning with the knowledge that 2 of the Jets top 3 corners were out in this game. Overall, I think Roberts did a pretty good job considering he was up against Diggs and Thielen regularly and Kirk Cousins just kept trying to beat him. He gave up a big touchdown early, but his coverage was actually not bad on the play. After that, he led the team in tackles by a wide margin, made a few good plays on the ball, and even had a TFL against the incredibly shifty Diggs 1 on 1. He wasn’t spectacular, but there were no spectacular Jets this week. At least he was involved in the game.
Silver Star: CB Morris Claiborne (3 tackles)
There really isn’t much to say about Claiborne because Cousins repeatedly picked on Roberts and ignored receivers covered by Claiborne. He gave up a touchdown, though he tipped the ball and unfortunately it wobbled the right way to allow for a good concentration catch. I’m honestly just searching for anything positive to say about these guys, this was a thorough beat down. Everyone more or less played mediocre, but at least Claiborne did that against some very talented players.
Gold Star: K Jason Myers (1 for 1 on field goals, 2 for 2 on extra points, 2 touchbacks)
The fact that a kicker with 1 field goal is topping this list tells you everything you need to know about the game. The fact that he’s the winner in back to back weeks could tell you a lot about this team. The fact that he now leads the team in points on this list more or less confirms that widespread change is needed next year. To his credit, a 55 yard kick in the swirling winds is pretty impressive. Dan Bailey, among the NFL’s most accurate kickers of all time, missed a chip shot in that game, so Myers impressed me quite a bit. He’s definitely exceeded expectations, and this week he was the only player I can honestly say played well. Everyone else more or less made me hurl obscenities at the screen.
So there you have it, seven weeks in and the table stands:
Jason Myers 6 points (2 gold)
Jamal Adams 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Quincy Enunwa 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Darron Lee 4 points (2 silver)
Morris Claiborne 3 points (1 bronze, 1 silver)
Isaiah Crowell 3 points (1 gold)
Henry Anderson 3 points (1 gold)
Avery Williamson 3 points (1 gold)
Andre Roberts 3 points (1 gold)
Sam Darnold 2 points (1 silver)
Leonard Williams 2 points (1 silver)
Bilal Powell 2 points (2 bronze)
Robby Anderson 1 point (1 bronze)
Darryl Roberts 1 point (1 bronze)