Boy oh boy, this is a tough one. This was one of the more demoralizing games the Jets have played in a recent years, and morale was already quite low. The only game I can think of where the Jets offense looked this bad throughout was a laughably bad Jets-Cardinals game in 2012. At least the Jets defense dominated in that game. This was a thorough shellacking in every sense of the word (are there other senses to shellacking?) Regardless, let’s pick the best of the worst:
Bronze Star: Arthur Maulet (1 tackle, 1 FR, 1 TD)
He scored half of the Jets points and performed reasonably well in punt coverage. That’s about it.
Silver Star: Brian Poole (12 tackles)
Poole didn’t have any splashy plays, but he put together a pretty solid day in coverage. Poole has been pretty consistent this season, though it may be in part due to the ease with which his fellow corners may be picked apart play after play. He made several tackles in run support while limiting yardage to a team that thrives passing to slot receivers. Considering the challenge of playing slot corner against the Patriots and the number of supporting tackles he made (ones that were often short of the sticks or on another player’s man) elevates him enough to earn a silver star in a game like this one.
Gold Star: Jamal Adams (3 tackles, 1 INT, 1TD)
This was far from Adams’ best game, but he did account for half of the Jets points with a relatively easy pick-6 once the game was already lost. It may not have been an incredible play (Jarrett Stidham basically gifted it to Adams), but he did make the play and then return the interception for a touchdown. At least he reduced the embarrassment for Jets fans a bit, even if only in the box score.
So there you have it, three weeks in and the table stands:
Le’Veon Bell 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Jamal Adams 3 points (1 gold)
Brian Poole 2 points (1 silver)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Tarell Basham 1 point (1 bronze)
Jamison Crowder 1 point (1 bronze)
Arthur Maulet (1 bronze)