Yet another hard to watch game, yet another week where finding good performances in the muck is a challenge. On days like these, it would be easier to take stars away than give them out, but here we are. Let’s look at some solid performances and try to wash the taste out before what could be a tough Sunday against a decent Broncos team:
Bronze Star: WR Quincy Enunwa (4 receptions for 66 yards)
There really weren’t many players to put in this slot. Even with his stupid penalty, I have to give Enunwa credit for making some plays in an otherwise abysmal offensive performance. The Jaguars may have the best defense in the league and are especially strong against the pass, with probably the best 1-2 punch in the league at cornerback (maybe a healthy Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters could be in the conversation.) Enunwa got solid blocking on some short passes and turned them into big gains. That’s more than I can really say for anyone else on this offense.
Silver Star: S Jamal Adams (12 tackles)
Despite a lot of pass coverage breakdowns, I was still impressed by Adams’ ability to fly around a football field. After failing to stop the Jaguars even once in the first half, Adams singlehandedly stopped the Jags first possession in the second half by accounting for all 3 tackles. That is the sort of playmaking ability that the Jets were looking for when they took him sixth overall last year. I’m excited by the growth he’s shown this season and I hope he continues to develop into a perennial Pro Bowl player and defensive leader.
Gold Star: DL Henry Anderson (3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PDs)
Anderson has been one of the bright spots of this team in a rough start. Despite playing a position that doesn’t rack up stats and results in a lot of substitutions, he’s compiled 2.5 sacks, several tackles for a loss, and a few batted balls. Despite the team forcing 3 turnovers, he’s the only player I can say played a full game and made the most of all of his snaps. Despite his perceived limitations when it comes to staying healthy and rushing the passer, he’s managed to project for 16 games and 10 sacks this year, which has to make everyone rooting for the Jets pretty pleased thus far. He’s been close in all his games and he finally makes the list at the top billing.
So there you have it, four weeks in and the table stands:
Jamal Adams 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Quincy Enunwa 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Darron Lee 4 points (2 silver)
Henry Anderson 3 points (1 gold)
Avery Williamson 3 points (1 gold)
Andre Roberts 3 points (1 gold)
Bilal Powell 2 points (2 bronze)