The Jets full-backs distinguished themselves in the season finale when the Jets lost 27-10 to the Buffalo Bills.
Josh Allen completed 53% of his shots with 45 attempts, averaging 5.3 yards. The main reason was that Jet’s full backs lingered in cover, forcing Allen to make difficult shots.
After a 10-0 backlog, the Jets’ defense tightened and forced Bills to score eight punt on the next 10 possessions. It all started with a sticky coating from the defenders.
“It’s just a matter of squatting down and doing our job, winning some heads-up matches, making it difficult for the quarterback to shoot tight against our windows and ensure the quarterback’s throw is accurate in windy conditions.” coach Robert Saleh said. “We felt that the aggression towards the way we covered today made his shot perfect. In such conditions, it is difficult to do this, therefore, very, very pumped up for protection. I thought they played out their absolute asses. The final statistics don’t look like that, but if you just watch the tape, it was tough. ”
Let’s start with Jets # 1 defender Bryce Hall. According to Next Gen Stats, 12 targets were shot against Bills Hall and only three completions at 50 yards were allowed. And the average separation factor was 1.9. The league average for the host is 2.9.
This is a good second year job. Hall nearly lost to Gabriel Davis for a long touchdown at the end of the second quarter. But the pass fell out of bounds.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
Brandin Echols dated and sometimes followed Stephon Diggs throughout the game. Echols did a good job against the former All-Pro receiver. Echols hit the target 11 times and allowed five taps for 33 yards.
Nickel corner Michael Carter II made several third stop stops with his lighting. Carter II finished with a pass gap and triggered another incomplete – both on third downs. Carter II fell victim to tight end Bill Dawson Knox for a 28-yard reception.
The most impressive statistic was Allen’s throws three yards or less. He went 14 of 32 for 136 yards with one touchdown. It was a day off for Allen, and the Jets full-back was instrumental.
Was everything perfect? No. But they played well. Credit to the group.
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There was no Elijah Moore, no Corey Davis, no Braxton Berrios. And Jamison Crowder re-injured his calves in the first half against the Bills. So with a limited number of throwing weapons, the attack needed their swift attack, but they only collected 48 yards with an average of 2.8 yards per carry.
Michael Carter led 19 yards for nine carries.
Of course, the Jets’ offensive line lacked starting center Connor McGovern and left tackle George Funt.
The running game was essential for Zach Wilson. But without him, he didn’t have a shot. And that showed when he went 7 of 20 for 87 yards with one touchdown and was sacked eight times.