The Jets dropped to 3-8 on Sunday, after falling 27-13 to the Patriots. Let’s take a closer look and analyze the playing time, along with the snap count distribution.
- There were six Jets who played every snap on offense (64 total), including QB Josh McCown, along with the starting offensive line of Kelvin Beachum, Spencer Long, Jonotthan Harrison, Brian Winters and Brandon Shell. Long slid over to left guard from his normal center position, to fill in for the injured James Carpenter. Nevermind missing a game, Carpenter hadn’t missed an offensive snap all season prior to Sunday’s contest.
- Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa led all skill position players on offense with 60 of 64 snaps (94%). Enunwa hauled in four grabs, for 73 yards including a 41-yard reception. Enunwa appears to be back to full strength after missing time earlier with a sprained ankle. Robby Anderson, after sitting out the previous game against Buffalo, played 48 of a possible 64 snaps while recording two catches for 22 yards. Jermaine Kearse found the end zone (part of a six-catch, 66-yard performance), while taking part in 40 of the 64 plays. Charone Peake and Andre Roberts saw six and five snaps, respectively, to round out the playing time for the receiving core.
- Tight end Chris Herndon’s playing time continues to increase with each passing week, a sure sign of the growing confidence the coaching staff has in the rookie. Herndon rewarded their faith by pulling in a team-high seven grabs, for 57 yards. Herndon saw action in 80% of the offensive plays (51 of 64), with only Enunwa seeing more time on field from the skill position players. Including Sunday, Herndon’s playing time percentage the last four games has been: 50%, 64%, 64%, 80%.
- Second-year pro Eli McGuire led all running backs with 35 of 64 plays (55%). McGuire didn’t factor in much on the stat sheet, however, with just 26 yards of total offense in what was a tough day all around for Green and White backs. Isaiah Crowell led the team in rushing with 30 yards on six carries, while also adding 30 yards receiving on three catches. Crowell received nine less snaps than McGuire, seeing action in 26 of 64 plays. This is the third game in a row since McGuire has been active that he has led all backs in playing time.
- As for the defense, four players took part in 100% of the action. That number was one less than the five players that participated fully against Buffalo (Marcus Maye was inactive Sunday). Avery Williamson, Jamal Adams, Darron Lee, and Morris Claiborne were on the field for all 70 plays against New England. Williamson and Adams each registered double digits in tackles, with 11 and 10, respectively. Adams also contributed three pass defenses and was very effective when matched up against Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
- Darryl Roberts, starting at safety in place of the injured Marcus Maye, was on the field for all but three snaps (96%) and finished third on the team in tackles with eight. Corner Trumaine Johnson played in 65 of the 70 snaps, contributing five tackles, including one for loss. Leonard Williams led all D-Linemen with action in 83% of the snaps, up from 71% against Buffalo. Rookie Foley Fatukasi, active for the first time all season, got in on three snaps in his NFL debut.
- At outside linebacker, starter Brandon Copeland was limited to just 14 snaps (20%) after being questionable all week with an injured elbow. In his place, rookie Frankie Luvu saw extended action. Luvu was involved in 47 of the 70 plays (67%), picking up three tackles and a QB hit on Tom Brady.
- On special teams, Rontez Miles led the team with 24 snaps. Copeland and Terrence Brooks chipped in with 23 apiece. Neville Hewitt, Charone Peake and Kevin Pierre-Louis contributed 18 snaps as well.