Hello and welcome back to yet another grand edition of the 2017 Jets Coverage Stats report! Today, we’ll be checking out Week 10, in which the Jets traveled to Tampa Bay and Trumaine Johnson manned up against DeAndre Hopkins.
- The coverage numbers include only legitimate targets into the general area of a receiver/defender. 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 Darron Lee’s matchup, Juston Burris ended up with the interception, but I would add that incompletion and interception to Lee’s resume.
- 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. Make of these numbers what you like!
WEEK 10 SYNOPSIS
The Jets began a stretch of six losses in seven games to end the season with a sloppy defeat in Tampa Bay, losing 15-10 to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the lowly Buccaneers. Fitz completed only 17 of 34 passes for just 187 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, altogether combining for a 64.2 passer rating. Much of that was due to his own ineptitude.
Trumaine Johnson’s Rams smacked the Texans in Los Angeles, winning by a score of 33-7.
Avery Williamson’s Titans took yet another close win with a 24-20 home victory against the Bengals.
Overall coverage yield: The first chart shows the total coverage numbers allowed by each individual Jet in Week 10. Avery Williamson is not pictured after yet another target-less game.
Morris Claiborne went out after playing less than 25% of the defensive snaps, once again putting pressure on the other Jets’ corners. They mostly responded well, keeping the Bucs out of the end zone and limiting big yardage despite allowing a healthy dosage of first downs.
Trumaine Johnson had a mostly successful outing with a lot of snaps coming against DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson held Hopkins to only 2 first downs when matched up against him.
Coverage by matchup and field side: The chart below shows the Week 10 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!
Fitzpatrick was typical gunslinging Fitzpatrick and relied heavily on his outside receivers, tossing 19 official passes to DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin. Fitz had a very inaccurate day and bailed out the Jets’ corners a few times, but it was an all-in-all solid day of production for the secondary against a Bucs receiving core that was actually playing pretty well.
Demario Davis finally allowed his first touchdown, coming from Charles Sims in the fourth quarter.
Johnson had a strong day matching up against Hopkins for much of the game. He allowed only 2 first downs to Hopkins on 6 targets, while breaking up a pair of passes. Here is one of those breakups, as Johnson makes a good read and closes to the perfect spot to meet the pass.
Below is Johnson’s biggest mistake of the game. He does a bit of a press-bail, dropping off at the snap and opening up to the middle of the field. He bites on Hopkins’ hesitation move, and leaves just enough room on the sideline for Tom Savage to drop a perfect pass in the bucket for Hopkins to grab. It’s a very impressive QB-WR play, for sure, but Johnson played this the way he did to take away that pass.
Darryl Roberts finally found his way into the interception column. Lined up at the top of the picture against Chris Godwin, Roberts takes advantage of a terrible Fitz throw and makes a great adjustment for the pick.
Marcus Maye made an interception that was overturned by a questionable penalty call. Playing a zone in the middle of the field, he first covers Chris Godwin, who shoves him into DeSean Jackson, prompting the flag for illegal contact. The flag aside, this was nice zone coverage from Maye, transitioning smoothly from one route to the next while recovering from the physical contact.
Here is how the Jets are stacking up after nine weeks of work in 2017, sorted from top to bottom by total yards allowed.