This one is tough. The Jets managed to lose as time expired to a weak Patriots team that they had dominated for 3 quarters. There were several solid performances that didn’t make the list, including Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, and Harvey Langi, all of whom contributed some splash plays. All three of the guys who did make the list also made terrible errors that undeniably contributed to the loss, but played well consistently throughout. Here they are:
Bronze Star: Ashtyn Davis (5 tackles, 1 PD)
It was good to see a game like this from Davis, even if the secondary collapsed when it matter most. While he didn’t blow up the stat sheet, he was constantly around the ball and contributed to several big stops. For a rookie who is still incredibly raw, you hope to see games like this from him going forward.
Silver Star: Joe Flacco (18 of 25 for 262 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Flacco threw a terrible interception and took a brutal sack, but up to that point, he was playing phenomenally. His first touchdown to Perriman was dropped in the bucket and he had another perfect ball to him that Perriman couldn’t hold onto, leading to a field goal. His touchdown to Crowder was an absolute dime that capitalized on an earlier bomb that was right on target and resulted in a long pass interference call. The ball to Crowder may have been the best throw and catch I’ve ever seen from Jets players. It was far from perfect (even if his passer rating neared 130), but Flacco played an incredible game and earned a sticker. He was cruising to gold through 3 quarters, but it all fell apart. I don’t expect to see a lot more of this from Flacco, but I welcome it when it comes.
Gold Star: Breshad Perriman (5 receptions for 101 yards, 2 TDs)
Perriman was on fire in this game. While he couldn’t hold on to an early touchdown pass, he regularly torched the guy lined up against him and showed off the skills that led the front office to sign him as their new deep threat. He gained separation on several deep routes, including a 50 yard touchdown reception in which he broke ankles with a double move and caught the ball over his shoulder in a statement-making play. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy or develop much of a rapport with Sam Darnold, but he definitely impressed this week.
So there you have it, nine weeks in and the table stands:
Quinnen Williams 9 points (3 gold)
Jamison Crowder 8 points (2 gold, 1 silver)
Marcus Maye 6 points (2 gold)
No One 6 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
John Franklin-Myers 4 points (2 silver)
Breshad Perriman 3 points (1 gold)
Mekhi Becton 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Sam Ficken 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Neville Hewitt 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Brian Poole 2 points (1 silver)
Joe Flacco 2 points (1 silver)
Avery Williamson 1 point (1 bronze)
Bless Austin 1 point (1 bronze)
Frank Gore 1 point (1 bronze)
Branden Mann 1 point (1 bronze)
Ashytn Davis 1 point (1 bronze)