The New York Jets are surprisingly (4-4) after many experts doubted the Jets and predicted them to be the worst team in the league before the year began. The Jets have had their up and downs so far this season, but have showed that they can compete with anyone in the league.
The Jets offense has been the definition of inconsistent. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has performed well at times but for the most part has showed rookie growing pains.
Smith has a 59.3 completion percentage this year and has thrown for 1,882 yards so far this season. However, Smith has only thrown 8 touchdowns so far this season and is third in the league in interceptions with 13.
The Jets wide receivers haven’t helped Smith much. The Jets’ receiving corps has been dealing with injuries all year and it seems there is a new group out their every week. With veteran Santonio Holmes missing a few weeks, the Jets have little experience out on the field to help Smith learn and progress.
The Jets’ rushing attack has been very good at times. Bilal Powell has emerged as a serious threat in the backfield and Chris Ivory has played well as of late. The Jets rank 9th in rushing in the NFL.
On the downside, the Jets’ offensive line hasn’t been good in pass protection. The Jets are tied for second in the league in allowing sacks (29). The Jets offense looks explosive one week and downright awful the next. They will have to be more consistent down the stretch if they want to make a serious push for the playoffs.
Mid-Season Grade: C
The Jets’ front seven has showed signs of dominance so far this year: New York is tied for 5th in the NFL with 25 sacks.
Muhammad Wilkerson has been a game changer and has played like a first round pick this year. Wilkerson leads the team with 7 sacks along with two forced fumbles and an interception. Quinton Coples has also improved his game from last year and the transition to linebacker has definitely improved his game.
However, the most impressive player on the defense this year has been rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson of Missouri. Richardson has demanded a double team, getting pressure up the middle and stuffing the run, resulting in the Jets being ranked 3rd in the NFL against the run. Richardson is 5th on the team in tackles and should be in the discussion for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The problem for the Jets has been the play of their secondary. Dee Milliner has proved he is not ready to play in the NFL and Kyle Wilson has been as bad as he has been the past 3 years. The Jets are 21st against the pass, surrendering 237 yards a game. The Jets secondary is tied for last with only three interceptions this season, and one of those was from defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
Mid-Season Grade: B
The Jets have played hard this year and with a (4-4) record, Rex Ryan has showed he deserves to come back for another year as the head coach.
The Jets’ schedule down the stretch is very favorable. After the Jets play the New Orleans Saints this week, they only have one team, yes one team, on the schedule the rest of the year with a winning record and that’s the Carolina Panthers. If the Jets can improve their secondary and get better play from their rookie quarterback, don’t be too shocked if the Jets are playing in the postseason.
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