I’d like to be able to say that this is rock bottom, but the Jets keep finding ways to burrow through the rock. I’m not sure where we are now, but good performances are getting harder and harder to come by in 2019. At least there were a couple solid ones in this nightmare of a game.
Bronze Star: Ryan Griffin (6 catches for 50 yards)
It’s getting rather shocking how much Griffin is appearing on this list. I have to give it to him, though, he’s been very effective in the passing game despite the Jets not having a passing game. Somehow Griffin is leading the Jets in both catches per target and touchdowns in 2019. If his touchdown hadn’t been overturned by a very slim margin, he would still account for over half the team’s touchdowns at the midway point. Well done, Griffin.
Silver Star: Jamison Crowder (8 catches for 83 yards, 1 TD)
Crowder hasn’t been a gamechanger since arriving in New York, but he really seems to have a rapport with Darnold. He averaged fewer than 3 catches and just 25 yards per game with Falk, but he has had a minimum of 3 catches with Darnold to go along with 230 yards over 5 games. He’s also been great at picking up crucial chunks of yardage when needed, to set up drives, especially out of the slot on third down. His production may not match the price tag, but he’s clearly been Darnold’s most reliable receiver out wide and is building quite a lot of chemistry with the struggling young quarterback.
Gold Star: Folorunso Fatukasi (1 tackle, 1 PD)
You may not see a lot of stats after Fatukasi’s name, but he was everywhere against Miami. He blew up several runs by simply pushing the interior linemen into the backfield. He even caused a sack by backing the Miami center into Ryan Fitzpatrick, even if he didn’t receive any credit for it. He’s actually been somewhat of a revelation this season, more or less replicating the “hidden” production that the Jets jettisoned in Leonard Williams. Hopefully he can continue to fill a roster spot with some quality production on an efficient salary.
So there you have it, nine weeks in and the table stands:
Le’Veon Bell 10 points (2 gold, 2 silver)
Jamal Adams 9 points (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Ryan Griffin 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Folorunso Fatukasi 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Sam Darnold 3 points (1 gold)
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Jamison Crowder 2 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Brian Poole 2 points (1 silver)
Leonard Williams 2 points (1 silver)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Kyle Phillips 2 points (1 silver)
Tarell Basham 1 point (1 bronze)
Arthur Maulet 1 point (1 bronze)
Trenton Cannon 1 point (1 bronze)
Robby Anderson 1 point (1 bronze)