Happy Sunday! Only 14 of these left, and it will finally be opening Sunday in the NFL! While we hang in there and wait, let’s dig into some more Jets coverage stats, looking at the individual passing yards and touchdowns allowed by each player!
In Week 11, the Jets had their bye, so this report will focus solely on Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson.
- 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 11 SYNOPSIS
Overall coverage yield: The first chart shows the total coverage numbers allowed by Johnson and Williamson in Week 11.
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!
Johnson had a very solid game against the Vikings’ talented receiving core. Though he allowed a couple of key first downs late in the game, Johnson’s 4.6 yards per attempt allowed was a season-best for him to this point.
Williamson finally appeared on the sheet after multiple weeks of absence, with a nice tackle in space on Le’Veon Bell short of the sticks.
Williamson continues to hide out in coverage, playing few passing downs and staying at home in the middle of the field to avoid man-to-man situations. He did have one nice play against Pittsburgh, though. As mentioned above, Williamson shows nice range and finishing ability to take down one of the league’s most elusive players in the open field short of the first down markers. (Bottom right of the picture at the snap)
There was one play that caught my eye from Williamson where I nearly tagged him for a touchdown. In the end, I decided he wasn’t responsible, but it’s debatable. Let me know what you think.
Below, Ben Roethlisberger sells the run fake like a pro and gets almost the entire Titans defense to bite. Williamson is one of the biters, and after playing the run hard, Jesse James sits down for a wide open score nearby Williamson’s original position. It’s possible Williamson is the man to blame, but I think it is more so on #31 to Williamson’s left. He is a defensive back who was lined up opposite James and in the position where he eventually scored. Williamson is likely in the game for his run defense at the goal line, so I believe he was supposed to run blitz anyway. It’s debatable.
This first clip from Trumaine Johnson wasn’t a play in pass coverage, but it was arguably his most impressive of the game nonetheless. He provides some great help here to hold Adam Thielen short of the sticks, recognizing this play and breaking on it quickly even though the throw wasn’t to his man. (Johnson is lined up on the left side at the 42 yard line)
This next play isn’t anything spectacular, but it helps showcase part of why Johnson has not given up a touchdown to this point. He is very strong in the red zone. On an island against Laquon Treadwell at the top of your picture (defense’s left side), Johnson needs to win this matchup or Treadwell will have all the room in the world to catch a touchdown. This is emphasized even further when Keenum rolls in that direction. Treadwell’s route is pretty uninspiring, but regardless Johnson stays poised and shuts it down, forcing Keenum to throw the ball away.
Here is how the Jets are stacking up after eleven weeks of work in 2017, sorted from top to bottom by total yards allowed.
What are your thoughts on Williamson and Johnson’s performances in Week 11; in particular, do you think Williamson was responsible for the Jesse James touchdown?