Let's start today's analysis with a quick review of the rotations on offense and defense in yesterday's game.
Back to back
The Jets employed a fullback regularly in this game which wasn't as much of a surprise as who that fullback was. The Jets' defensive line had come under fire for not getting into the backfield enough over the first two games, so the Jets countered that by moving Lawrence Thomas into the fullback role.
This move wasn't completely out of left field as Thomas played fullback in 2012 at Michigan State before converting back to defensive lineman. At the time, he was blocking for Le'Veon Bell and even caught seven passes.
Thomas weighed as much as 315 pounds at MSU as he spent some time at nose tackle. However, he's currently listed at 286. He displayed some good athleticism though and although the Jets only gained 21 yards on eight runs with him in the game, that did include Bilal Powell's touchdown. They also had some success throwing the ball with him on the field, including on this awesome play that nearly went for a touchdown:
The return of the three-headed monster
Defensively, you may recall that the Jets employed Terrence Brooks as a third safety in week one but then didn't give him any snaps last week. This week, as we touched on yesterday, Brooks had an even bigger role than in week one and also saw more action closer to the line of scrimmage.
With him in the game, the Jets continued to employ Jamal Adams mostly up in the box and Marcus Maye deep. This time, he was used in a lot of dime packages rather than in the nickel.
Part of this defensive back rotation was because Juston Burris was effectively benched after a rough game last week. Darryl Roberts replaced Burris as the third cornerback and the Jets employed three cornerbacks nearly all the time.
Brooks only had one tackle, but intercepted two passes, broke up another and had a quarterback hit.
Working the benches
Winning the game so comfortably afforded the Jets an opportunity to give some reserves garbage time reps down the stretch. Brooks, Burris, Julian Stanford, David Bass and Dylan Donahue all got extra work on that last drive, while players such as Darron Lee and Morris Claiborne were rested. Bass had basically taken Thomas' spot as the primary back-up at defensive end but wasn't needed much due to the heavy use of sub-packages.
By contrast, they didn't use this opportunity much on offense. Despite making a spectacular catch, ArDarius Stewart played just five snaps and fellow rookie Chad Hansen was inactive.
Players such as Will Tye, Charone Peake and Elijah McGuire got plenty of reps off the bench while Brent Qvale once again was employed regularly as a sixth lineman.
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