While the Jets captured their first victory of 2017 with a 20-6 win over the Dolphins, the team is quickly turning the page their next opponent.
"It's important because it's the next game," head coach Todd Bowles said of Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars. "Obviously we didn't want to start 0-2, but we did. We won this one and the next game is important because it's the next game, but we definitely want to get on a winning streak. Hopefully we can string some wins together and go from there, but we have to concentrate on this week."
Demario Takes Command
Inside linebacker Demario Davis, who led the Jets with 12 tackles in the team's home opener, was key in the defense's success as the unit held Miami to 30 total rushing yards. Bowles said it was great to see Davis both command the huddle and perform at a high level.
"He's been great," defensive lineman Leonard Williams said of Davis. "Watching him play yesterday was one of the best performances I've seen by him. He had a great game. He's been out here doing a great job of leading the team. He steps up and talks when he has to and gets his message across clearly. He's a great leader and a great guy to have leading the defense. I'm glad that we have him."
New Face on the Outside
Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts saw a lot of playing time against the Dolphins opposite CB Morris Claiborne. Roberts played 95% of defensive snaps, recorded a pass defense and seven tackles, which ranked third on the team. In Weeks 1 and 2, second-year CB Juston Burris predominantly lined up on the outside opposite Claiborne when Buster Skrine shifted inside to the nickel.
"They were neck and neck going through training camp and they had a good camp," Bowles said. "Burris had a rough outing last week and we decided to give Roberts a chance to play, but that doesn't mean we lost confidence in Burris. I still think Burris is going to be a very good football player, but Roberts had a chance to play and he played well."
Sunday marked the first time tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins played in the regular season since he dropped over 30 pounds in the offseason. Seferian-Jenkins impressed throughout training camp with his improved speed and he tallied five catches on six targets for 31 yards in his 2017 debut.
"Obviously you're quicker and you don't get as fatigued as quickly," he said of his new physique. "You're just not as heavy. It's really just playing in a whole different body. It was nice to run around there. I feel good and confident about my cuts, blocks and my movements."
RB Matt Forte (toe), OLB Josh Martin (ankle), WR Charone Peake (ankle) all had X-Rays that came back negative. Bowles said RG Brian Winters (abdomen) feels better, but doesn't know if he will practice throughout the week.