Thursday night’s matchup between the Jets and the Broncos was, put simply, some terrible football. The Jets secondary was once again torn to shreds, this time by Denver’s third-string QB Brett Rypien. Melvin Gordon supplied the dagger with a 43-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the game. Sam Darnold looked okay, with an electric 46-yard TD run, and Pierre Desir came away with two interceptions after getting Moss’d by rookie standout Jerry Jeudy. Ultimately, the Jets remained stagnant in their offensive play calling, and made no strides towards becoming a competent football team. I’ll be trying out something new this week by providing a pros and cons list on the Jets’ performance.
Sam Darnold: Sammy Scrambles showed great pocket (or lack of a pocket) awareness this week after scrambling for 84-yards and a score. Unfortunately for Darnold, rookie power house left tackle Mekhi Becton was out with shoulder issues, which only added to the offensive line struggles.
Jamison Crowder: The Darnold to Crowder connection is proving itself to be dangerous. After a two week absence, Crowder made his presence immediately known in the offense, notching his second 100-yard performance in just two games. If the duo could manage to get more scores in off his receptions, Darnold and Crowder could eventually help this team put up the numbers they’re capable of.
Offensive Line: The offensive line has been, in a word, offensive. Although this week’s problems could be blamed on an injured Mekhi Becton, the depth Joe Douglas added in the offseason certainly didn’t step up. With the #1 overall pick looking more and more likely for Gang Green, they might wanna consider tracking back, acquiring a haul of draft assets, and invest heavily in the o-line for years to come.
For me, I’m going to stop harping on the same issues every week. It’s obvious the Jets have a lot of problems, and when new ones arise, you’ll be sure to hear about them from me. For the Jets, it’s a date with Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona got off to an extremely hot start, but now after a two game losing streak, the Jets may look to sneak a win in the Meadowlands.