I struggled with the idea of how to treat 2019’s season finale as it basically amounted to a preseason game for both teams, and the play on the field reflected that. In the end, I decided that I don’t award stickers for preseason performances, and instead of the standard stickers, I would give out some year end awards.
Sticker MVP: Jamal Adams
There was no question on this award. Adams is easily the Jets best player, but he is also arguably the most impactful safety in the NFL right now. He dominated the stickers this year and wins the MVP by a mile.
Most Deserving of Losing their Stickers for Future Performances: Darryl Roberts
Outside of his one sticker game, Roberts was a total disaster at corner this year. He deserves to lose his spot on this list.
Most Underappreciated: Brian Poole
Poole earned 3 stickers this season, but he was rock solid all year long. He could have earned a bronze sticker for just about every game he played in, but he ended up behind players like Ryan Griffin and Sam Darnold, who both had considerably weaker seasons.
Most Overrated: Le’Veon Bell
If you looked at this list before the season started and saw Adams and Bell at the top, I’d doubt you be surprised. Yet Bell earned all his stickers in games in which the entire team was demolished and there was no competition. After the first third of the season was over, he never touched the list again. Any way you cut it, Bell has been a disappointment for fans this year.
Most Surprising Addition: Ryan Griffin
Who would have thought that Ryan Griffin would be in the top 5 on this list this year? He got a bit of a silly contract, but his performance this year was better than anyone really expected.
Most Erratic Performer: Sam Darnold
No one had more great games and terrible games than Darnold. One week he would look like a future Hall of Famer, but the next week he would be seeing ghosts. There’s a lot to like and a lot to be concerned about with Darnold and I imagine his transition from year 2 to 3 will be the talk of the offseason, just as it was for much of this year.
So there you have it, after the season the table stands:
Jamal Adams 19 points (5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Le’Veon Bell 10 points (2 gold, 2 silver)
Sam Darnold 7 points (2 gold, 1 bronze)
Jamison Crowder 6 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Ryan Griffin 6 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Brian Poole 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Folorunso Fatukasi 5 points (1 gold, 2 bronze)
Robby Anderson 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Jordan Jenkins 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Steve McLendon 3 points (1 gold)
Tarell Basham 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Bless Austin 2 points (1 silver)
Nate Hairston 2 points (1 silver)
Leonard Williams 2 points (1 silver)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Marcus Maye 2 points (1 silver)
Kyle Phillips 2 points (1 silver)
Nathan Shepherd 1 point (1 bronze)
Arthur Maulet 1 point (1 bronze)
Trenton Cannon 1 point (1 bronze)
James Burgess Jr. 1 point (1 bronze)