The Jets will certainly welcome a change of scenery after opening their 2018 slate with a first quarter that featured three games on the road. Sunday starts a somewhat rare trifecta as the Green & White will play host to the Broncos (2-2), the Colts (1-3) and the Vikings (1-2-1) over the next three weeks. Veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams said the Jets want to "dominate" at home and that starts by putting in the extra work.
"I knew we had two, but someone told me we had three. It's a huge opportunity," said ILB Avery Williamson of the upcoming October stretch. "I'm excited to get back out there. I know I can do more whether it's sleep, studying or getting my body right. I'm excited to get back out there and have another opportunity because that feeling on Monday night (in Detroit) was amazing. We work really hard to get to the season and the opportunity is still there. We have to make sure we're taking advantage of it and doing everything possible. I'm going to make sure I'm going to stay on top of my game."
Williamson, a free agent signing this offseason, leads the club with 39 tackles and he had a hand in two takeaways last week in Jacksonville. He had a tip of Blake Bortles pass that cornerback Darryl Roberts intercepted and later ripped the ball from T.J. Yeldon before corner Trumaine Johnson scooped up the change.
Remedy for Self-Inflicted Wounds
Despite being prepared for the Jaguars short passing attack, the Jets were victimized time and time again by short crosses, dumps to the backs and over-aggressiveness. Todd Bowles said this week that the entire club had the look in the mirror and Williamson agreed with the assessment.
"It was self-inflicted wounds. I watched the game on the way back, but I knew the mistakes I had made," Williamson said on this week's installment on Inside the Jets. "I made a couple bad drops and it was self-inflicted wounds and things we can easily change whether it's a lack of focus or bad technique. That's the promising thing. It still hurts because we should've won that game, but it's not an issue of talent or anything like that. It's more of a lack of detail."
During his weekly appearance on WFAN's CMB show, second-year safety Jamal Adams said the defensive backs and the linebackers have to do a better job communicating especially when it comes to passing off routes and pick plays. After Bortles threw for 388 yards and the Jags totaled 503 yards of offense while going 6-of-15 on third down, the second-year safety told former Jets LB Bart Scott that an additional meeting will be on the schedule this week.
"I think that's something that is very subtle but it's key and it's something that we need to do, just to understand what the other guys are thinking on the defense to where we can be on the same page and to where we're clicking on all cylinders," said Adams, one of the team's five captains. "So every Friday, starting this Friday, there will be a meeting just to get on the same page man so we can go out there and fly around and win ballgames."
The Jets are one of three clubs to have registered at least 10 takeaways and 10 sacks.
Top Images of the Green & White on the Practice Field Wednesday in Florham Park
After parting ways with C.J. Anderson in the offseason, the Broncos have turned to a pair of first-year runners in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Lindsay, who went undrafted after becoming the University of Colorado's all-purpose yardage leader, is a burner who is the team's leading ground gainer to date. But Freeman, a third-rounder out of Oregon who is averaging 5.0 yards a carry and has three touchdown, might be in line to get more of the workload in Week 5.
"Royce, the last two weeks, has hit his stride," Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday. "He is playing at a high level. And to watch him last night, obviously we blocked it up front, but a couple times, he turned nothing into something. That's Royce. That's what he was in college. So I'm looking forward to getting him more touches. I think he played about 16, 17 plays last night. He needs more opportunities, because he is playing good football.
New Broncos QB Case Keenum has been up and down early, completing 61.7 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He hasn't had a touchdown since the opening week though and veteran Demaryius Thomas, who had eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 23-0 shutout of the Jets last December, is averaging only 8.4 yards a reception.
Sam's Second Quarter
Despite entering the season's second quarter with a 1-3 record, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold remains encouraged. He took some shots down the field last week and that is something the Broncos will have to be cognizant of in their preparations. He also is seeing the field clearer and getting more comfortable reading pressures and coverages. But every week in the NFL brings about another challenge and the Broncos have the game's premiere pass rusher in Von Miller, who has racked up 87.5 career sacks and has four in 2018 despite going sack-less the past two games.
"It was very assuring to watch the film and see how much I've grown but also all the stuff that I need to work on," said Darnold, who is completing 57.5% of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions. "I'm optimistic about where our team is headed and where I can grow as a player."