This one was not fun to re-watch. I had hoped that the Week 1 collapse would be the lowlight of my review sessions, but one week later and it’s only gotten worse. The Jets looked pathetic on offense against the Browns, with a unique combination of individual failures on the field and shockingly incompetent play calling by those off it. Were there any real stars in this game? Not really, to be honest. These stickers will have to come with a grain of salt for you to take, but we’ve got three players nevertheless:
Bronze Star: Tarell Basham (4 tackles, 1 sack)
Basham is far from a superstar in the NFL, but he put together a solid game. With four tackles and a sack, he had the type of game that Leonard Williams should be putting up regularly; not elite production, but solid numbers that equate to a quality season with consistency. Instead, most of the Jets defensive line produced little to nothing while Basham regularly seemed to be involved in the play. Good for Basham.
Silver Star: Darryl Roberts (5 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT)
Roberts has one of the worse contracts on the Jets (well behind players like Trumaine Johnson), but he earned his keep for this week. Five tackles is usually not a good indicator for corner performance, but passes defensed and interceptions are usually pretty good for it. Roberts had a solid game against a strong receiving corps, and if there were any life on the offensive side of the ball, his INT could have been the type of game changing play that the Jets needed.
Gold Star: Le’Veon Bell (21 carries for 68 yards, 10 catches for 61 yards, 1 FUM)
The stats tell you that Bell had a pretty lousy game, including a fumble that certainly cost the Jets points. The stats are lying to you. Bell consistently turned 3 yard losses into 3 yard gains. In fact, Bell was the only thing remotely positive on offense due to a truly terrible performance from an offensive line that was truly offensive. Any other running back would have rushed for negative yards in this game, but Bell’s incredible vision allowed him to put together a reasonable performance despite a total lack of help from those around him. If not for one good adjustment by Robby Anderson, I’d say there wasn’t a single good offense play that wasn’t made by Bell alone.
So there you have it, one week in and the table stands:
Le’Veon Bell 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Tarell Basham 1 point (1 bronze)
Jamison Crowder 1 point (1 bronze)