Let's start today's analysis with a quick review of the rotations on offense and defense in yesterday's game.
The Jets mixed up their packages this week as they are starting to settle into some sort of pattern. They played some base and some nickel, along with the anticipated seven-DB sets in passing situations.
Rontez Miles got a couple of extra snaps in relief of Marcus Maye at one point but he and Terrence Brooks were otherwise just featured in those dime packages.
Up front, the Jets rested Leonard Williams during the second quarter so he was off the field for most of the 93-yard drive that got New England back in the game. Thereafter, he only sat out three more plays, although one of these was the touchdown that gave New England their first lead.
The Patriots were also driving quite effectively (31 yards on six plays) during Muhammad Wilkerson's only extended rest of the game, although that drive ended abruptly with a lost fumble at the 22.
With Josh Martin and Kony Ealy back, the Jets split the edge reps pretty evenly between four players: Ealy, Martin, David Bass and Jordan Jenkins.
First timers get in the action on defense
Undrafted rookie Xavier Coleman was only activated a couple of days ago, but saw action on a few second quarter snaps in relief of Buster Skrine in the nickel package. One interesting aspect of this was that not only was he active over fellow rookie Derrick Jones, but he also got reps ahead of Juston Burris in the game. Darryl Roberts remains as the number three cornerback.
Bruce Carter also saw action on defense for the first time all season, albeit on just one snap with the goal line defense. Fellow back-up linebacker Julian Stanford didn't get any reps on defense for just the second time all season.
On offense, while Travaris Cadet got a few snaps in the Jaguars game, he didn't play on offense last week even after the Jets were down to just him and Elijah McGuire at the position. However, this week he saw action on eight snaps and received his first touches of the season.
Also returning to action this week was Chad Hansen, who played 11 snaps after just having been on the field for five snaps since opening day. He wasn't targeted though and, in fact, they ran the ball on most of those plays.
There's still no action for rookie tight end Jordan Leggett, though. He was back to being inactive, as the Jets had just two tight ends active this week.
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