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Jets Studs & Duds Scorecard: Week 11

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New York Jets v Washington Redskins Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Following each Jets game this season, I’ll be participating in the post-game tradition of listing out the studs and duds of the Jets’ previous game — but with a new twist.

Each player listed, whether they were a stud or a dud, is capable of earning up to five points positively or negatively, depending on how good or bad their performance was. In total, the scores of each player listed will add up to match the Jets’ scoring margin from their game that week. This past Sunday, the Jets beat the Redskins by 17 points, so the combined point total of every player listed below will add up to 17.

At the end of the season, I’m hoping this scorecard system will help us get a good look at which players had the biggest impacts on the team, both positive and negative.

As an added note, no coaches (or general managers) will be involved in these lists.

The studs earn the privileges of having some nice colors attached to their name, while the duds merely get tagged with various levels of badness.

  • Studs: Gotham Green (5 points), Platinum (4), Gold (3), Silver (2), Bronze (1)
  • Duds: Level 5 (-5 points), Level 4 (-4), etc.

Here are my studs and duds from the Jets’ Week 10 victory.

Studs

Jamal Adams - Gotham Green (5 points)

Adams picked up three sacks, tying the single-game NFL record for a defensive back that he shares with seven other players. After picking up two sacks against the Giants, Adams became just the third defensive back in history to post two sacks in back-to-back games.

Through just 40 career games, Adams has picked up 11.5 sacks. That stands as the most ever for a defensive back over their first three seasons in the league.

Jamison Crowder - Gold (3 points)

Five catches and 76 yards for Crowder, including three chain-movers plus a touchdown. Crowder has 45 catches for 487 yards and three touchdowns in seven games with Sam Darnold. That would put him on pace for a 103/1183/7 line over 16 games.

Sam Darnold - Gold (3 points)

Darnold threw a terrible interception, but he was sharp otherwise. The Redskins defense was awful, gifting the Jets with wide open throwing lanes, but Darnold took full advantage. His accuracy could not have been better on any of the four touchdown throws, which were all at tough angles despite the lack of competition from any defenders.

Darnold joined Joe Namath as the only Jets quarterbacks to throw four touchdowns in a game before turning 23 years old. Namath also did it in Week 11, way back in 1965.

With a final line of 19/30, 293 yards, four touchdowns, and one pick, Darnold added yet another performance of elite-level efficiency to his accumulating total.

This game marked the fourth of Darnold’s career in which he averaged over 9.0 yards per attempt on at least 30 passes. That’s the most ever by a quarterback before turning 23. Before turning 24, the only other quarterbacks with as many such performances are Deshaun Watson, Dan Marino, Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, and Patrick Mahomes.

Ryan Griffin - Gold (3 points)

Griffin was the top beneficiary of Washington’s brutal defense, catching all five of his targets for a career-high 109 yards. It is the best total by a Jets tight end since Dustin Keller dropped 115 yards in Week 2 of 2010 against the Patriots.

All five of Griffin’s catches were conversions, including one touchdown.

Blessuan Austin - Silver (2 points)

Austin allowed 3/6 passes in his direction to be completed for nine yards and no first downs, over 30 snaps in coverage.

Through two games, Austin has allowed one first down and 23 yards over 68 snaps in coverage. Can he maintain that against Oakland’s seventh-ranked DVOA passing offense?

Kelvin Beachum - Silver (2 points)

We have criticized the offensive line harshly all season. For at least one week, they deserve a little bit of credit.

The Jets got a nice outing from their line against the Redskins, and Beachum was a big part of it. He was unusually solid in the run game and was credited with allowing only one pressure for the second consecutive game.

Le’Veon Bell - Silver (2 points)

Bell picked up six first downs, his best total since accumulating seven in the season-opener against Buffalo.

On the ground, Bell averaged just 3.3 yards per attempt with 59 yards on 18 carries, but he moved the chains a season-best four times. He added two receptions for a total of 33 yards, with both going for first downs. Bell caught a 21-yard pass up the seam from the slot, and made two defenders miss on a dump-off for a 12-yard first down.

Henry Anderson - Silver (2 points)

Anderson was extremely active against Washington, winning battles with consistency to make plays of his own and create some for others. He had a sack, a hit, three run stuffs, and even made a tackle in coverage holding Troy Quinn to just five yards.

Arthur Maulet - Silver (2 points)

Maulet was not targeted even once across 43 snaps in coverage. However, he did misplay a screen pass to Derrius Guice that resulted in a touchdown, although that was in garbage time.

Like Austin, it will take Maulet more than a pair of games against rookie quarterbacks to prove that production is legitimate.

Robby Anderson - Bronze (1 point)

Anderson grabbed his second touchdown of the season from six yards out. That 6-yarder was his only catch of the game, however, giving Anderson his second-fewest receiving yards in a game since the start of 2017.

Daniel Brown - Bronze (1 point)

Brown’s first reception of the season was a touchdown, as he did a great job improvising and heading upfield after initially running into the flat.

Tom Compton - Bronze (1 point)

Compton made some impressive plays in the run game, flashing with a few strong pull blocks.

Alex Lewis - Bronze (1 point)

Lewis’ pass protection is becoming a big concern, but he run blocked excellently against the Redskins. He consistently created a lot of push off the snap.

Brian Poole - Bronze (1 point)

Gregg Williams used Poole as a rusher six times, and he got home for three pressures. In coverage, he allowed just 14 yards and no first downs over three targets.

On the season, Poole has allowed the fourth-fewest yards per cover snap (0.66) among all cornerbacks. He has stayed quiet all season and has yet to break.

Bilal Powell - Bronze (1 point)

Powell picked up 42 yards and two first downs on seven carries, setting the tone early for the Jets’ first 100-yard rushing game of the season (snapping a franchise record nine straight games without one).

Demaryius Thomas - Bronze (1 point)

After some brutal drops earlier in the season, Thomas has become a key part of the offense. He caught four of five targets for 44 yards and two first downs in Washington.

Duds

James Burgess - Level 2

Burgess made a bunch of run stops, but he did have a few bad missed tackles and looked to be a primary culprit on both of the garbage time touchdown passes by Haskins.

Sam Ficken - Level 2

Ficken missed an extra point (first of the season) and a 49-yard attempt.

All of his misses have been from 40-plus, but Ficken has missed a field goal in three straight games and has misfired on four of his 11 attempts this season. He has been a below average kicker.

James Burgess - Level 2

Burgess made a bunch of run stops, but he did have a few bad missed tackles and looked to be a primary culprit on both of the garbage time touchdown passes by Haskins.

Neville Hewitt - Level 2

Hewitt recorded an interception on a horrible throw from Haskins, but missed quite a few tackles and took some bad angles against the run. He also allowed some production through the air, including a wiped-out 67-yarder to Terry McLaurin. Although it probably isn’t fair to expect Hewitt, a downhill linebacker, to handle those assignments all that well.

Chuma Edoga - Level 4

The offensive line was mostly decent in Landover, but Chuma Edoga had another brutal outing.

Ryan Kerrigan entered the game with just two sacks all season, but he broke out of his funk with two on Edoga in the first quarter. Edoga was also consistently a step slow getting out in space in the run game. If he could have hit a few more blocks, the Jets may have had a crazy day of rushing production.

Edoga left with an injury late in the second half and was replaced by Brandon Shell, who held up well in pass protection over his half of the game.

Vyncint Smith - Level 4

Smith fumbled a kickoff return and dropped a well-placed rollout pass from Darnold.

Here is a look at the Week 11 scorecard.

The 11 points for the offense is a season-best. This also marks the first game in which I gave a positive score to both the offense and the defense. Progress!

Here is a look at the scorecard on the season to date.

Le’Veon Bell had held the top spot throughout the season (after tying with C.J. Mosley in Week 1), but that spot now belongs to Jamal Adams.