The Jets came up short in Nashville on Sunday, falling to the Titans 26-22. Let’s take a dive into the snap count distribution from the contest.
- For the third straight game, there were six Jets who played every snap on offense (69 total) – QB Josh McCown (making his third consecutive start in place of Sam Darnold), along with the starting offensive line of Kelvin Beachum, Dakota Dozier, Jonotthan Harrison, Brian Winters and Brandon Shell. Dozier made his first start of the year at LG in place of Spencer Long, who was sidelined due to illness.
- Among the skill position players, it was a pair of wide receivers who led the way in snaps. Quincy Enunwa saw action in 59 of 69 plays (86%), however it was his lowest output in terms of percentage since Week 9 in Miami (73%) when he was just back from injury. Enunwa had averaged 95% the previous two contests. Fellow wideout Robby Anderson, who was the team’s leading pass catcher with four grabs for 48 yards, was next with 72% (50 of 69 snaps). Return man extraordinaire Andre Roberts saw an uptick in time with the offense, hauling in one grab for 10 yards. Roberts was on the field for 11 plays, a considerable increase after totaling just six offensive snaps the previous three games.
- Tight end Chris Herndon’s on-field time remained fairly consistent versus Tennessee. The rookie was featured on 49 of 69 plays (71%), pulling in two catches for 31 yards. Last week against the Pats, Herndon was in on a career-best 80% of the snaps. Fellow tight end Jordan Leggett hauled in multiple grabs for the second straight contest (2 rec., 18 yards) and was on field for 24 snaps (35%).
- The Jets rushing attack had a productive day at the office on Sunday (156 yards, 4.7 avg.). Leading the charge was Isaiah Crowell with 98 yards on 21 carries, including a 27-yard scamper. He led all backs in playing time with 64% (44-69). It’s the first time Crowell has received the bulk of the reps among the backs since Week 7 against Minnesota. Eli McGuire saw a bit of a dip from last week in terms of on-field time. The second-year player appeared in 36% of the snaps, down from 55% against New England.
- As for the defense, four players took part in 100% of the action for the second straight week. Avery Williamson, Jamal Adams, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts were on field for all 68 plays versus the Titans. Adams and Williamson were the team’s leading tacklers with 11 and nine, respectively. Johnson, who recorded a first quarter pick-6 of Marcus Mariota, played every defensive snap for the first time since Week 4 at Jacksonville. Roberts, once again filling in for the injured Marcus Maye at safety, was in on all snaps for the first time since the Dolphins game in Week 9.
- Darron Lee and Morris Claiborne were in on 94% and 93% of the snaps, respectively (both played every snap the previous two games). Along the defensive line, Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson received the bulk of the playing time. Williams was in on 61 of 68 plays (90%), up from 83% the week before. Anderson recorded two hits on Marcus Mariota and increased his reps from 63% against the Pats to 75% on Sunday (51 of 68).
- Linebacker Frankie Luvu’s playing time remained high for the second straight week. The rookie was in on 42 of the 68 snaps (62%) and made the most of it with a sack, QB hit and TFL. Luvu played 67% of the snaps versus the Patriots. Fellow OLB Jordan Jenkins had a strong game, registering a QB sack, a TFL, to go with a pair of QB hits. The Georgia product was in on 66% of the snaps (45 of 68). Jenkins’ six sacks lead the team and are a personal best.
- On special teams, it was Rontez Miles once again leading the group with 31 snaps and Brandon Copeland was next up with 30. Neville Hewitt, Terrence Brooks, and Kevin Pierre-Louis contributed 25 snaps as well. Pierre-Louis recorded a blocked punt while Henry Anderson blocked a PAT. It was the first time since a 1988 showdown with the Bengals that the Jets had two blocked kicks in the same game. Kicker Jason Myers was a perfect five-for-five on field goals, becoming the first kicker in franchise history to record at least five field goals in a game twice in the same season.