With the Jets recording their first loss of the season, we have an opportunity to kick off our helmet stickers series. As the writer of the Bold Predictions and Helmet Stickers articles, it’s my responsibility to always find the positives, no matter how difficult it can become when re-watching cataclysmic collapses such as this week’s loss to the Bills. Nevertheless, there were some positive performances in this one and it’s time to dish out the stickers:
Bronze Star: Jamison Crowder (14 catches, 99 yards)
Crowder signed a pretty lucrative deal for a mostly unheralded receiver, but he showed why he has value out of the slot with a 14 catch performance this Sunday. He’s not going to blow you away with size or speed, but he’s a solid third down option and can help move the sticks when you need 3 to 7 yards. Hopefully he won’t be such a focal point in future games, but he played a very good game against the Bills.
Silver Star: Le’Veon Bell (17 carries for 60 yards, 6 catches for 32 yards, 1TD)
Bell’s stats don’t jump off the page, but he looked like the elite back they hoped for when they handed him his contract this offseason. He was elusive, ran through contact, caught a touchdown and two-point conversion, and was elite in pass protection as well. Bell was honestly one of the best backs in almost every aspect of the position on Sunday, even producing a fourth down conversion despite being hit behind the line of scrimmage. The guys looks like the star fans hoped they were getting and hopefully he keeps it up all season.
Gold Star: C.J. Mosley (6 tackles, 1 FR, 1 INT, 2 PDs, 1 TD)
Say what you want about Maccagnan (and I will), but his top three signings carried this team on Sunday. Not one player came even close to Mosley’s game, however, as he was an unstoppable force for the Jets in his debut. He was almost single-handedly demolishing the Bills until he left the game due to an injury, at which point he had personally outscored the Bills while also being directly involved in two turnovers. If he continues to play even close to this level, his contract will be absolutely worth it and he’s likely to end his first season with quite a sticker collection.
So there you have it, one week in and the table stands:
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Le’Veon Bell 2 points (1 silver)
Jamison Crowder 1 point (1 bronze)