While the Jets rushed for 323 yards on the ground in the team’s 34-16 win over the Broncos, left tackle Kelvin Beachum believes the offense has room to grow.
“We had a couple drives early in the game where we started out with three-and-out, so for us, keep things in perspective,” Beachum said. “At the same time, we have to grow up and find a way to string games together and get on winning streaks instead of losing streaks.”
After the Jets’ Week 1 thrashing of the Lions on Monday Night Football, the Green & White lost three straight. Following the team’s Week 5 victory, Beachum doesn’t want a repeat of what occurred after their first win.
“We have to grow up. Damien Woody actually hit me up on Twitter yesterday and I said it’s a maturity game for us,” Beachum said. “It was great to get a win, but at the same time we have to keep things in perspective. We left a lot of yards out there on offense.”
Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Denver and the rookie felt like he took another step forward in his progression. Darnold said he felt confident in the game plan as he was able to rip a couple deep shots to wide receiver Robby Anderson, who ended with 123 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions.
“I thought my feet were a lot more quiet, which means I felt like I did a better job of staying under control,” Darnold said. “Taking what defense gives me, but also taking my shots when they’re there and understanding we have guys on the outside that can make plays. We have running backs that can run the football and we have a great offensive line that can play smash mouth football, but also protect me.
“It was a really awesome game and we learned a lot about ourselves, just our resilience. It was really good to see that kind of team effort and come together and get a good win.”
Man Up When Man Down
Jamal Adams partially credited Sunday’s defensive performance to a “great” week of practice. However, the unit could be without a pair of cornerbacks Sunday against the Colts. Trumaine Johnson, who missed Sunday’s contest with a quad injury, and Buster Skrine, who head coach Todd Bowles said is in concussion protocol, are both in question for Week 6.
“At the end of the day, we don’t know who’s playing,” Adams said. “That’s not my job to speak on, but at the end of the day, whoever’s out there, we don’t lose a step. We don’t lose a beat. Next man up and we have a lot of guys that are capable of stepping right up.”
Darryl Roberts and Parry Nickerson stepped in for Johnson and Skrine Sunday and they each tallied six tackles. Bowles said he thought Nickerson, who was drafted in the sixth round, understood everything that was going on, but could do a better job with alignment and will be better moving forward. As for Roberts, Bowles thought he played did a good job “for most of the game.”
“He gave up the one at the end,” he said referring to Demaryius Thomas’ 42-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. “I thought he could have went for two hands and got it. He played tough. I thought he filled in admirably and did a good job.”
There was no update on defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who did not coach Sunday because of an undisclosed illness. … The Jets can make a decision on second-year RB Eli McGuire, who was placed in IR because of a fractured foot suffered at the start of training camp, in a week. … Outside linebacker Josh Martin will not return from IR later in the season as he suffered his second concussion of the season in Week 4.