Let's start today's analysis with a quick review of the rotations on offense and defense in yesterday's game.
Nothing left on the line
With no Muhammad Wilkerson and no Leonard Williams either, the Jets defensive line featured nobody who was on the team in 2015. Steve McLendon got the start and played a season-high in snaps for the second week in a row.
Mike Pennel got the start alongside McLendon, but Xavier Cooper actually got twice as many reps as he did.
McGuire you leaving him on the bench?
A meaningless late-season game would seem to be a good time to get the ball to your rookies, but Elijah McGuire barely played and didn't touch the ball until Brent Qvale threw him a lateral on the final play of the game. None of the three rookie receivers had a reception either.
For McGuire it was disappointing not to see him getting any looks, especially since Bilal Powell was having some success but Matt Forté was not. Of course, Forté and McGuire were both limited in practice during the week, but they still got activated ahead of Akeem Judd and Forté did carry the ball eight times.
Continuing recent trends
Otherwise, the Jets really didn't do anything different than they did last week. Fullback Lawrence Thomas continues to see his role in the offense reduced, Juston Burris remained as the third corner and all other workloads were kept consistent with recent benchmarks.
One change was that they didn't use six-linemen packages, but that's hardly surprising as they were down two starters from the outset and three starters from half time onwards.
One interesting personnel decision was when Kelvin Beachum was dinged up and left the game early in the first quarter. Dakota Dozier moved out to left tackle and Qvale went in at right guard. However, Beachum was only out for one play (a four yard run by Powell).
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