It’s been quite the ride, everyone. And, here we are. Welcome to the final weekly breakdown in my series charting the Jets’ individual coverage stats in 2017! Here, I’ll go over the performances in coverage from the Jets, Trumaine Johnson, and Avery Williamson during the final week of the 2017 season. Next, I will post a full breakdown of the team’s complete 2017 full-season stats.
If you missed any of the previous coverage reports, check them out here:
- 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!
Overall coverage yield: The first chart shows the total coverage numbers allowed by the Jets in Week 17.
Juston Burris had a nice statistical performance in Week 16, but fell back down to earth as the Pats exposed him early and often underneath.
Morris Claiborne had a phenomenal game to snap a poor four game stretch. He matched up very well against Brandin Cooks after losing the matchup badly back in Week 6.
Buster Skrine’s fire cooled a bit as he allowed one touchdown and contributed to another (attributed to Davis). He did still only allow 5.9 yards per attempt and 2 first downs on 8 targets, another strong body of work for him in that regard.
Trumaine Johnson only played 8 snaps, getting some rest for the playoffs in a mostly meaningless Week 17 game for the Rams.
Coverage by matchup and field side: The chart below shows the Week 17 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!
Darron Lee posted a nice little number in the QB rating box, but he actually was responsible for 3 first downs on 5 targets, all allowed to running backs.
Buster Skrine was handled by Brandin Cooks, but was pretty dominant against the rest of his matchups.
Avery Williamson had an up-and-down game. He made a pair of really strong plays (one will be seen below), but also made two poor reads on screen passes to Leonard Fournette that ended up yielding big yardage.
Jamal Adams had a terrific finish to the year. He allowed only 8 yards on 3 targets while not allowing a single first down, but the most impressive part of his performance came off the statsheet. He spent much of the game helping out with double-teaming Rob Gronkowski over the top, and helped hold Gronk to the only zero-target game of his entire career.
Williamson showcased the ups and downs of his coverage ability. Firstly, a nice read on the crossing route by the tight end and a good play on the ball.
Next, some good and bad from Williamson against a few similar plays. Below, Williamson makes a tremendous read on the screen pass and runs a perfect route to T.J. Yeldon. Good discipline and finish here.
Later in the game, Williamson would twice make a mistake on two very similar screen plays to the one above, both passes going to Leonard Fournette. Below is one example. You saw above that Yeldon motioned to block at the snap before running his route, but Williamson did not bite and stayed in position to make the play. In the play below (and in another play that is not pictured), he does bite on the blocking motion and allows Fournette to run free to the outside.
Morris Claiborne benefited a bit from a slightly-off Tom Brady, but at the end of the day he allowed 9 yards and 0 first downs on 5 targets to the GOAT’s #1 receiver. You take that. Below, Claiborne puts in a solid coverage rep, matched up against Brandin Cooks at the top of the picture. He reads the break towards the middle well and mirrors Cooks well enough to limit his ability to separate and get to the ball.
Marcus Maye really lucked out on the statsheet in this game. He finishes with 11 yards and 0 first downs on 3 targets, but both of his incompletions were blatant offensive miscues and he also added a 39-yard pass interference penalty. Below, Maye has the deep zone on the right. He takes a couple steps down out of his zone to help on a Rob Gronkowski underneath route, leaving Brandin Cooks with daylight towards the end zone. Luckily, Brady misses the throw as Leonard Williams is about to close in on him. Brady was off in this game, and the pressure played a big part.
Here is my final tally for every Jet in coverage in 2017, plus key newcomers Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson.
Soon, I’ll release a full article going into the final totals with more depth.
With the coverage series complete, what are your final thoughts?