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Week 4 Game Recap: New York Jets 12, Jacksonville Jaguars 31

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New York Jets

The Jets run-pass ratio was 14:34, which is a clear sign — even allowing for a great opponent in the Jacksonville defense — that this team is not going to run the ball (especially since two of those runs were Sam Darnold making something out of nothing). It’s not even about being behind big in the second half — the team only ran six times (five if you dismiss a Darnold scramble) in the first half. Isaiah Crowell carried the ball once in the first half. The Jets may have finally had enough of their poor offensive line play, which was what led to the third quarter safety as someone blew an assignment, allowing Calais Campbell to take Crowell down in the end zone. Between the growing pains of the rookie quarterback and the inconsistency of the offensive line, there’s nobody here you can trust to play in any given week. Interestingly, Quincy Enunwa told the press that the team “expected one thing and got another” and seemed to indicate it was a comment about playcalling. That should be troubling to all Fantasy GMs who still have a Jet somewhere on their roster.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars offense had a good day on paper, but a lot of it came down to good game planning against the Jets defense. The Jets had no answers for the Shallow Cross and the Jaguars were inclined to run it over and over for easy throws. Penalties and turnovers in the second half were concerning issues for the offense. Overall, the offense was very low risk (albeit, effective) despite the high number of pass attempts.

New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 34 - 167 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0
To the surprise of no one who has watched the Jaguars defense this year, the Jets rookie’s struggles continued this weekend. While his footwork looked good and his short accuracy was once again solid, he struggled on deeper balls and in the second half he tried to thread the needle a few too many times, taking chances which he was lucky didn’t turn out disastrous. It could be he’s starting to feel pressure to carry the offense, and so he’s making some desperate — but unwise — passes. That’s a concern though, because he missed a few throws high and had an interception on a throw he sailed over Bilal Powell’s head called back due to a defensive holding. That was one of three throws in the second half that should have been interceptions, the other two being drops by Jacksonville. He did make a great throw to Jermaine Kearse on a third-and-nine in the third quarter which set the Jets up on a first and goal. On the play Kearse was covered but there was just enough room along the sideline for Darnold to fit the ball in. Kearse then did a great job of keeping his feet in bounds for the catch. Still, the high and wide throws were a concern, and he even managed to miss Quincy Enunwa on a key fourth-and-one late in the first half. While the drive still might not have resulted in a touchdown, it would have extended the drive, salvaged some momentum while the game was 13-0 and kept the Jaguars from scoring quickly in the other direction to make it 16-0. Darnold is a rookie and we are seeing rookie mistakes and growing pains, along with the result of bad offensive line play and a super-conservative game plan as well.

RB Bilal Powell, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 26 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (7 targets)
The Jets ran fourteen times all day, and just six times in the first half. Powell got twice as many carries as Isaiah Crowell, but that amounted to almost nothing on the day. Aside from a complete lack of commitment to the run even when the game was close, the offensive line did a poor job of run-blocking and Powell struggled as much as anyone with the situation. What he was able to contribute was several nice catches. Powell’s ability to snag a throw — even though rookie quarterback Sam Darnold overthrew him a couple of times — makes him a more consistent tool than Crowell, which might be why the team is starting Powell the last two weeks.

RB Isaiah Crowell, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)
Crowell’s most impactful play was also a completely negative one — though not really his fault. Backed up on their goal line in the early part of the third quarter, the Jets called a run play — what appeared to be a simple dive — to get a little breathing room for the offense. But on the play, left guard James Carpenter chipped in to assist center Spencer Long and then stepped up to take on a linebacker, while left tackle Kelvin Beachem for some reason stepped left and had to reach back to try and slow Campbell down. Finally, tight end Eric Tomlinson was clearly supposed to block someone on the outside but why he didn’t change course when Campbell was clearly unimpeded is a mystery for the ages.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 66 - 0 (8 targets)
You know the day has gone sideways for the Jets when rookie quarterback Sam Darnold can’t even hit security blanket Quincy Enunwa when he’s wide open. Darnold sailed a pass on a fourth-and-one near the end of the third quarter which would have set the Jets up for at least a field goal, but the throw was off target. He continues to be the most consistently targeted of any Jets wide receiver, but most of those throws are, at most, intermediate distance.

WR Robby Anderson, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (6 targets)
On the plus side, Anderson got through a game without a fumble. On the downside, his inability to do anything more than run fast in a straight line is not helping him be a bigger part of an offense which is limited itself. Worse the one thing he can do, they finally let him do and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold still missed him on a deep route where Anderson had a step on the defender. It’s hard to overthrow Anderson, but that happened.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)
A couple of weeks worth of miscues and lackadaisical effort seemed to have resulted in Terrelle Pryor seeing just two snaps on offense, which gave Kearse a chance to see a significant amount of snaps. Still, all of his targets came in the second half. He did have a very nice catch late in the third quarter where he showed great control in getting both feet in on a sideline catch. Aside from that and a few deep balls which his quarterback missed on, Kearse was quiet.

TE Jordan Leggett, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 13 - 1 (4 targets)
Leggett had a nice grab across the middle to set up a third and short, and had the lone Jets touchdown on the day. On that play, it seemed as though the short coverage for the Jaguars assumed the safety would take over coverage of Leggett but nobody did. Leggett had an easy time snagging in the throw from rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.

TE Chris Herndon, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets)
Herndon actually had two big catches but his first — a 33-yard deep ball — was called back due to an Eric Tomlinson holding penalty. His second catch, during a drive at the end of the first half, was an athletic grab for 15 yards. Otherwise, while he was on the field for 65% of the offensive plays, he was rarely used.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 38 - 388 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 28 - 0
This game for Bortles could be titled 'Death by 1000 Shallow Crosses.' He opened with 11 straight completions. The Jets run a lot of man coverage or 3-deep, 3-under fire zone and just got eaten alive underneath. Bortles used his legs (mostly) effectively in this game, and got loose for a long scramble on the first drive. He saw man coverage and broke the pocket pretty early in the down. He showed good patience on a zone boot - he didn't force the ball to covered crosser or take off for a run around the edge too early. He held the ball and let Moncrief come open on a Comeback to the sideline. He had a sack/fumble (self-recovered) in the Redzone on third down where he did a good job avoiding initial pressure, but was not decisive after his step-up and was also carrying the ball in one hand. He was lucky to recover and have the drive end in points (a field goal). Unclear if anything was open downfield based on viewing angle. He still has a propensity to hold the ball too long and not throw it away, as was evidenced on Leonard Wiliams' sack in the second quarter. His one interception of the day came in the 3rd quarter, targeting a Shallow Cross. The defensive linemen read his eyes and batted the ball in the air for a tip drill interception. While the throw in itself was not a poor decision, tipped passes at the line of scrimmage continue to be a problem for Bortles as he continually stares down his intended target. He also fumbled a snap from under center in the 3rd quarter like a Pop Warner player taking his first ever snap. Luckily, he recovered his own fumble. His best throw of the game came on one of the few downfield targets he made ñ a catch and throw fade to Donte Moncrief down the right sideline that he placed perfectly over Moncrief's shoulder.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 52 - 1, Rec: 3 - 48 - 1 (3 targets)
Yeldon got no work in the first quarter, but once again stepped in effortlessly once Fournette went out. He's just adequate as a runner, but really shines as a receiver. He scored the first touchdown of the day for the Jaguars on a simple checkdown and gained 30 yards after the reception and went untouched for the score. His best run came in the 3rd quarter on an Outside Zone from Shotgun and was patiently able to bounce the play outside after the edge was initially clogged up for a gain of 10. He also had arguably the worst play of any offensive player ñ getting the ball stripped on an inside run at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The Jets ran the recovered fumble back to the six yard line. Their offense took the field and scored their only touchdown of the day. He capped the day off with a short touchdown at the end of a long 4 minute drive to close the game.

RB Leonard Fournette, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 30 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
Fournette started the game as a workhorse after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He totaled 11 touches in the first quarter. 1st down runs under center were not effective. He did have one counter play that was well blocked to the playside and probably would have gone for a nice gain that got stuffed for a loss by Jamal Adams shooting a gap from the backside like a missile. Runs from shotgun were more successful. He exited at the end of the first quarter with hamstring tightness and never returned.

RB Corey Grant, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)
Grant played only a handful of snaps even after Fournette went down and was not a factor in the game.

WR Dede Westbrook, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0, Rec: 9 - 130 - 0 (13 targets)
Westbrook had his best game so far as a pro. He was fantastic in terms of picking up yards after the catch. He got heavy usage underneath on Shallow Crosses but took almost every reception for positive YAC. His biggest play came on a Deep Cross where he also broke multiple tackles after the catch to pick up additional yardage. In the third quarter, he had another big reception downfield on a Corner route that was called back on an Illegal Shift penalty. Like Yeldon, he also had an awful fumble late in the 4th quarter with the Jaguars up and trying to run the clock out. Had the defense not come through, it could have been a much closer game.

WR Donte Moncrief, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 109 - 1 (5 targets)
His first reception came on a Shallow Cross, where he broke a tackle to gain first down. He showed good sideline awareness and toe tap on a Comeback route right alone the sideline in the first quarter. He was on the receiving end of the biggest play of the game ñ a 67 yard catch-and-run fade down the right sideline. He got a free release against man in Cover 1, and the ball was delivered on time and in-stride so neither recovering CB or single high safety could make a play on it.

WR Keelan Cole, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)
Cole had a quiet game. He had two catches in the first half on short passes and did not record a catch for the rest of the game. He ended up being the odd man out this week due to the team feeding Westbrook and Moncrief so much. Cole is at his best in the intermediate to deep pass game, and this was just not a priority for the Jaguars on Sunday.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Only had two catches on the day, but one of them was for a huge 21 yard gain on 3rd and 7. He ran the intermediate Out route in a Flood concept and snuck behind Jamal Adams. He's obviously touchdown dependent in terms of fantasy production, but he's had a key chain moving catch in every game so far.