The New York Jets entered their home opener as underdogs following a disappointing performance against the Oakland Raiders the prior week. Many expected Gang Green to get throttled in front of a fan base that has their eyes set on the 2018 draft. Well, the Jets gave everyone a huge surprise as Todd Bowles and his team absolutely manhandled Jay Cutler and his Dolphins.
Offensive line steps up again – There were significant concerns over the Jets ability to replace Brian Winters as they had to face Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. Dakota Dozier filled in admirably as the line did a solid job in the trenches allowing Josh McCown time to throw the football. This unit is no doubt starting to gel.
McCown shines – It is impossible to ignore the leadership that quarterback Josh McCown is bringing to the table. Josh is the undisputed leader of the offense that is doing an excellent job spreading the ball around to his playmakers. McCown is making good decisions with the football showing off some excellent accuracy in crucial situations.
Wide receiver by committee- The Jets receiver group as a whole is finding ways to keep the chains moving. Veterans Jeremy Kerley and Jermaine Kearse are consistent route runners while Robby Anderson is an excellent down the field threat as evidenced by his 69-yard touchdown. Hopefully as time moves on ArDarius Stewart will become a bigger part of the group.
ASJ returns- Austin Sefarian Jenkins made his season debut with 5 catches for 31 yards. ASJ is a big target and a perfect safety valve for McCown and the Jets offense.
Lawrence Thomas the fullback- Without a fullback on the roster offensive coordinator John Morton broke out some creativity using defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas as the fullback. Thomas had a nice 15 yard grab and also displayed some sound blocking ability.
Jamal Adams emerging- The Jets rookie safety is a play making machine showing excellent range and consistent tackling. The passion and leadership that Adams brings to the defense is infectious and so much fun to watch.
Demario Davis’ best game- Have to give credit where its due: this may have been Demario Davis’ best game as a New York Jet. Davis was hitting everything in his sight finishing the game with 11 solo tackles.
Roberts steps up- One of the big changes on defense was that cornerback Daryl Roberts saw extensive action and excelled in coverage. Roberts replaced Juston Burris and brought some pop to the Jets secondary.
Breakout game for Brooks- Terrence Brooks had his breakout game for the Jets with two interceptions, one on a fake punt. Brooks is a versatile player that fits in great with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
The New York Jets staff completely outclassed Miami for 60 minutes on Sunday. The offense was creative, utilizing all of their resources to move the chains. The defense played fast and furious completely overwhelming the Miami offense. You have to give a ton of credit to Todd Bowles and his staff for having the team prepared, focused, and excited to take on the Dolphins.
As a fan you want to see a rebuilding team play smart, physical, and with a tremendous amount of passion. This is exactly what we saw on Sunday and it was fun to watch. Great first win of the year!