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2017 Jets Pass Coverage Stats: Week 15

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Buster Skrine was dominant in coverage against New Orleans

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It’s time for yet another fresh batch of 2017 Jets coverage stats; yards allowed, touchdowns allowed, passer rating allowed, it’s all here!

Today, we advance into Week 15, as the Jets visited New Orleans to take on the Saints. We’ll also check up on Jets newcomers Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson.

Previous editions: Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


  • The coverage numbers include only legitimate targets into the general area of a receiver/defender; throws in which a defender in coverage directly affected the outcome. Throwaways and deflections at the line are excluded.
  • The stats for each individual are that of the quarterback’s passing numbers when targeting the individual’s matchup. A player could have an interception to his coverage credit even if the interception itself was made by a teammate. For example, when Tyrod Taylor threw an interception targeting a tight end running into Jamal Adams’ zone, Juston Burris ended up with the interception, but I credited that pick to Adams since he made the primary play in coverage to cause the pick.
  • I did not apply the same rule to fumbles; I will only count those if forced by the covering defender.
  • Penalties counted are only those accumulated in coverage.

Remember that these numbers reflect raw production only, and not always are indicative of true performance level! It’s plausible that a defender can get completely smoked and end up being credited with an interception, or vice versa, bringing very tough coverage but allowing big yardage due to an incredible catch. Learn from the numbers, but don’t expect them to tell the entire story!


The Jets clinched a losing record for the second consecutive season (the first time they’ve done it since 1995-96) with a 31-19 loss to the Saints in Louisiana. Drew Brees completed 26 of 36 passes for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, coming together for a 101.7 rating.

Trumaine Johnson’s Rams walloped the Seahawks in Seattle, 42-7.

Avery Williamson’s Titans fell to the 49ers by a score of 23-25 in Santa Clara.


Overall coverage yield: The first chart shows the total coverage numbers allowed by the Jets in Week 15. Avery Williamson again did not see a target and is not pictured.

Buster Skrine had a dominant performance. He didn’t allow a single first down on 9 targets, making play after play in the open field.

Trumaine Johnson also had a great game, playing his part in a defensive rout of the Seahawks. Johnson snapped a cold spell by allowing only 8 yards and 1 reception on 4 targets.

Coverage by matchup and field side: The chart below shows the Week 15 coverage yield for each Jet broken down by opponent matchup and the side of the field they lined up on. Check out my glossary at the bottom of the image!

The Jets’ previous two defensive first round picks struggled. Darron Lee was victimized badly by Alvin Kamara twice, while Jamal Adams allowed a pair of downfield receptions. Morris Claiborne continued his slump as he struggled against Michael Thomas and allowed a touchdown for the third straight week. Claiborne was very lucky not to give up another TD as Thomas came down an inch short on another play.


Avery Williamson has shied away from the statsheet, so let’s check in on him. Williamson had a nice game against the 49ers in run defense and as a blitzer. Here is a tremendous sack of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Darron Lee had a few notable plays in the Saints game; I’ll show you one negative and one positive. Firstly, Lee allows a touchdown in man coverage to Alvin Kamara. Lee is lined up opposite Kamara on the strongside of the formation (top of the picture) in what effectively turns out to be like a slot coverage rep as Kamara has either side of the field to work with. Kamara uses a simple hesitation at the top of his route and gets himself wide open with a simple in route. Lee needs to recognize and react to plays like this one much better if his athleticism is going to mean anything in coverage.

Now, a thoroughly superb Lee play in which he combines good recognition with his athletic ability to make a tremendous stop. Watch Lee (#58, right inside linebacker) split three open field blockers to take down Mark Ingram for a three yard loss on the screen play. This is a first down or more if not for Lee’s big-time plus play.


Here is how the Jets are stacking up through 15 weeks of coverage in 2017, sorted from top to bottom by total yards allowed.

What are your thoughts on the Jets in coverage through 15 weeks?


What do you think of Buster Skrine’s numbers?

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  • 25%
    They are drastically overrating him
    (12 votes)
  • 33%
    They are slightly overrating him
    (16 votes)
  • 41%
    They are properly rating him; he’s better than his perception
    (20 votes)
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