The New York Jets dropped another game Sunday in which they had a lead in the 4th quarter. Through these games it has become clear the Jets are missing a game-changing type player on offense.
As it is currently constructed, the Jets offense has very effective NFL players: Robby Anderson, Jeremy Kerley, Jermaine Kearse, Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but none have shown the ability to take over a game late in the 4th quarter.
Yes, the Jets are without Quincy Enunwa this year due to a neck injury, and after a very good 2016 season, many said 2017 was going to be his breakout year. The Jets have to hope he is able to make a full recovery and can return to that form.
However, Gang Green is still lacking that big-time threat on offense like a Julio Jones.
Take Sunday as a prime example. Jones is such a dynamic receiver that the Jets were forced to double team him or rotate their coverage to his side of the field. This extensive coverage on Jones allowed players such as Mo Sanu, Tevin Coleman, and Austin Hooper to have big days, none of which are considered a “superstar” by any stretch.
When the Falcons were down by 4 in the middle of the 3rd quarter, Matt Ryan launched a pass over the middle to Julio Jones in double coverage and he made the catch. This led to a Falcons field goal cutting the Jets lead to 17-16.
Now this is the type of player the Jets needed when they had to go 96 yards with 67 seconds left on the clock and no timeouts. They needed the player that Josh McCown could loft one up to knowing he’d make the catch.
Instead, the Jets longest pass through the air was for about 20 yards that was incomplete, intended for Jermaine Kearse.
Now don’t get me wrong, Julio Jones is an outstanding player, maybe the best wide receiver in the NFL, so I do not expect the Jets just to go out and find a playmaker like that. However, either someone needs to step up on this offense and take over the game, or the Jets will need to search for a big time playmaker in the offseason.