How do I have the top Jets stacking up after twelve games?
10. Morris Claiborne, CB (Last week: 4th)
Claiborne allowed three catches for 94 yards and took three penalties against Tennessee. He’s had some good luck throughout the year, but it’s been running out over the course of this losing streak. I’ve tagged him for allowed 237 yards on 15 targets over his last four games, an awful 15.7 yards per target.
9. Leonard Williams, DT (Last appeared Week 11)
Williams sneaks back on as a beneficiary of Marcus Maye’s injury. It was another one tackle, one QB hit performance for Williams.
He’s a solid player. Just not great - and definitely not as good as he was in the past. Unfortunately, the Jets are so bad that a decent interior defensive lineman having a down year is still one of their top ten best impact performers.
8. Chris Herndon, TE (Last week: 7th)
Herndon posted two catches for 31 yards on six targets. It appears as an inefficient outing, but he was left hanging by Josh McCown on a pair of should-be 25+ yard gains, one of them a potential touchdown.
He’s looking like a real player. He’s eclipsed 30 yards in seven games this season, tying Dustin Keller’s 2008 campaign for the most 30+ yard games in a season by a Jets rookie tight end. 30 yards seems like a low bar, but through twelve games Herndon has already matched the rookie total of 30-yard games put forth by Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Jermaine Gresham, and Heath Miller, who each put up seven. Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, and O.J. Howard all had six, while Jimmy Graham had four.
7. Kelvin Beachum, LT (Last week: 6th)
Beachum has a nice stretch going in pass protection.
More importantly, he’s been nominated as the Jets’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award candidate. Here’s a blurb on his work from the New York Jets website.
Kelvin Beachum’s passion for community service began when he was a young child and expanded shortly after being drafted. He often brought extra meals from the Steelers’ practice facility to the homeless that he would chat with on his way home. Realizing the NFL gave him a platform to help more people, Beachum now works with several organizations to create sustainable and technology related solutions to end hunger, provide clean water access and give STEM opportunities to youth. In addition, he often speaks to Fortune 500 companies and universities about diversity and inclusion and holds many board positions.
6. Brandon Shell, RT (Last week: 5th)
Beachum and Shell have a good thing going right now. Since they both struggled mightily against the Dolphins in Miami, they’ve been pass protecting very well for Josh McCown, doing all possible to make life easy for him. Over the last three games, I’ve credited Beachum with only three pressures allowed, and Shell only four. A quick release passing attack has also helped.
5. Henry Anderson, DT (Last week: 9th)
Anderson continues to play very well. Week after week he is the defensive lineman that pops out the most, whether he creating penetration to allow a teammate to pick up a stuff, executing a stunt, or creating pressure with his high motor.
To be frank, these are all things that Leonard Williams also does well. However, since Anderson was acquired for a seventh round pick and Williams was a sixth overall pick, expectations are wildly different, so Anderson will receive a lot more praise than Williams for the same things.
With all of that said, I do think Anderson has been more positively impactful than Williams on a per-snap basis. Every gam
4. Isaiah Crowell, RB (Last appearance: Week 10)
I’ll admit I’ve been very volatile with my placement of Crowell. He’s bounced in and out of the top five all year.
However, with the team continuing to slump and almost nobody making claims to spots on the list, I have to give some respect to Crowell in spite of his deficiencies. His 830 scrimmage yards this season are 83% more than second-place Bilal Powell. Crowell is well on his way to potentially racking up twice as many scrimmage yards as any other Jet.
He ran the ball well against Tennessee. He created a lot of yardage on his own, including a couple of nice cutbacks outside the tackles.
From Week 2 to Week 10, Crowell gained under 4.0 yards per carry in every single game except one, his record-breaking outing against Denver. He’s snapped out of that slump following the bye week, with back-to-back efficient performances of 5.0 YPC against New England and 4.7 against Tennessee - his 98 total rushing yards against the Titans was his third best total of the year.
Crowell is an imperfect all-around player, but we have to give him some credit where it’s due. Running behind one of the league’s worst run-blocking fronts, he’s managed to make quite a few plays this year, keeping the Jets offense respectable at times where nothing else has been clicking. It’ll be interesting to see where he fits in next year as the Jets potentially chase a big name running back.
3. Darron Lee, ILB (Last week: 3rd)
Lee’s gotten comfortable up here with his play in coverage. I know he’s not necessarily a fan favorite among the readers here at GGN, but I see it this way. This is a passing league. Everybody knows it, and everybody brings it up when discussing team-building in the modern NFL.
Lee still has a lot of work to do in the run game, but his coverage has continued to look much improved from his flashy breakout game in Detroit all the way through the year. He’s reacting much quicker, tackling better, and doing a great job limiting the receiving production of opposing backs.
If you can only be good in one facet of football, make it the passing game. Lee’s turned himself into a very nice cover linebacker, which is what he drafted to become.
2. Avery Williamson, ILB (Last week: 2nd)
A bit of a rough stretch in coverage for Williamson. After not allowing a touchdown all season, I’ve credited him as responsible for a passing score in each of the past two games.
1. Jamal Adams, S (Last week: 1st)
My deep analysis - this guy is great!
Knocked off list:
Quincy Enunwa, WR (was 10th): Only 9 yards on six targets for Enunwa. He hasn’t been getting much help from the quarterbacks, but Enunwa is averaging 24.8 yards per game adn 5.3 yards per target over his last six appearances.
Marcus Maye, S (was 8th): A short but very solid season from Maye was ended as he has been placed on IR. Maye looks like a good player, but can he stay healthy? It’s also worth noting that despite having only two years of NFL experience, he is already going to be 26 years old in March.
Knocking on the door:
Trumaine Johnson, CB: A big game for Johnson in Tennessee. As Claiborne continues to slump, the gap between the performances this season of he and Trumaine Johnson is beginning to shrink. Could Johnson string together a couple more elite-level performances?
Here’s a look at the season-long progression of the list.
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