The Jets offensive line took perhaps its most heat of the year in the team’s loss to Miami, as snapping issues from Spencer Long plagued the offense.
Past the snapping debacle, how well did the Jets get it done in the blocking department? Let’s dive in!
Previous editions: Pre 1, Pre 2, Pre 3, Pre 4, W1-DET, W2-MIA, W3-CLE, W4-JAX, W5-DEN, W6-IND, W7-MIN, W8-CHI
As I will always mention, it is impossible to capture everything with the stats, but with this series I hope to capture the most impactful plays accumulated by each linemen, both positive and negative, to help better our perspective on their production levels. Every single snap does matter, and here we will only be grading a small portion of those snaps, but this data can still help shape our opinions on players more properly and truly. Do not use these numbers as final judgement, but as useful evidence.
Here’s what I’ve been tracking:
- Stuffs (runs for 2 yards or less and no first down) allowed in the run game
- Rushing first downs assisted
- “Setup runs” assisted (which I now define as a 5+ yard pickup on 1st-3rd down that did not result in a first down). Despite not resulting in a first down, these kinds of pickups are still positive plays that deserve to be tracked.
- Sacks allowed
- QB hits (knockdowns) allowed
- QB pressures allowed (pressure counts include all throws affected by pressure, forced rollouts/dodged defenders, forced throwaways, throwing directly over/around a deeply penetrating defender, footwork/mechanics forced to adjust due to pressure, etc.)
- Deflections allowed (occurrences when allowing the currently engaged defender to bat/deflect a pass at the line)
- Open field assists (blocking assists for significant extra yardage/first down by any player, OL or skill position, in the pass game while a pass receiver has the football)
- Pass blocking snaps (Pass blocking snaps now counted for all players rather than just the base five linemen. Team pass attempts + sacks)
- Penalties (Total accepted, yards, first downs/scores wiped out, and declined)
Here are the numbers for the Jets in Week 9!
- Long’s snapping obviously took the most attention. As I discussed in an article posted yesterday, Sam Darnold’s efficiency was significantly worse on throws off of bad shotgun snaps. Long had 15 of them (otherworldly terrible) in the game, 13 on passing plays. Darnold’s yards per attempt average dipped from 7.1 on clean snaps and throws from under center to 2.3 on bad shotgun snaps, while the rate at which he took sacks multiplied by 10 on bad shotgun snaps.
- Jonotthan Harrison did his job in relief, delivering clean snaps on each play and not allowing any pressure. It was a nice bounceback game from him after a poor spot start in Chicago.
- I tagged Brandon Shell for season highs of 7 pressures and a 16.3% pressure rate. Cameron Wake just seems to have his number. The last time Shell allowed a pressure rate that high, a 16.2% against Jacksonville back in Week 4, he bounced back for a sublime four-game stretch. Can he do that again?
- Kelvin Beachum actually did a great job keeping the Jets pass protection respectable for most of the game. 4 of his 5 pressures came on the final few Jets drives of the game.
- James Carpenter had a perfect game in pass protection, and has now allowed only 3 total pressures over the last three weeks.
- Brian Winters has plainly had a terrible season. I tagged him for 3 sacks allowed in this game, the most by an individual Jet in a game this season. The Jets can cut him without any dead money after this season. In spite of his homegrown status and the confidence they showed in him with the deal they signed him to, it’s starting to seem like a no-brainer to cut ties and start over at right guard - in addition to the other two interior spots.
We’ve all had enough negativity around the world of the Jets lately, so I’ll keep things positive with a couple of good plays that stood out to me.
Elijah McGuire was the best offensive player on the field for the Jets without question, collecting 5 first downs across 10 touches.
One of the biggest question marks left by Bilal Powell’s injury is how the other backs would hold up in pass protection. Powell is a pass pro stud - Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon are anything but.
McGuire, who has often been compared to Powell, showed a big time flash in his one pass protection rep against the Dolphins. This is a superb stunt pickup from the second-year Ragin’ Cajun.
Seriously, I wish the Jets interior offensive line could pick up stunts like that.
McGuire led the Jets running backs in snaps in Week 9, and after performing as well as he did, he should be in line for a major role throughout the second half. If McGuire can continuously perform the way he did against the Dolphins in all three phases as a runner, receiver, and blocker, it will be a tremendous development for the future of this offense. He really is a Bilal Powell-lite; but can he eclipse the complimentary role Powell could never quite escape?
Next, a look at another 2017 Mike Maccagan draft pick, Jordan Leggett. Leggett has been dead-silent as a receiver this year, but I think he has quietly been a very positive contributor in the run game. I’ve previously highlighted him making some impressive plays against players like Myles Garrett and Calais Campbell. Here, he puts Cameron Wake on the floor to help spring a 7-yard first down run for Isaiah Crowell. Chris Herndon and Brandon Shell also contribute with great blocks - I thought Shell looked good in the run game in spite of his protection struggles.
Here are my numbers for the Jets on the season.
Should the Jets cut Brian Winters after this season?
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