Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets: Full Roster Report Card Grades for New York

Ryan Alfieri@Ryan_AlfieriCorrespondent IIISeptember 30, 2013

Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets: Full Roster Report Card Grades for New York

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    In another turnover- and penalty-driven affair, the New York Jets squandered their winning record, falling to the Tennessee Titans.

    Most of the mistakes were from the quarterback position, but the offensive line and pass rush were not nearly as dominant as the Jets are used to. The result was a blowout loss that will put the Jets right back into reality, as it is as clear as ever that this team is not ready to contend just yet. 

    Here are full roster grades for every position following Sunday's loss.


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    Geno Smith: D-

    This was clearly a disappointing day for Geno Smith, but the Jets are only kidding themselves if they never saw this coming.

    Smith has been turning the ball over at an alarming clip all season long—it was only a matter of time before the Jets would be unable to overcome such catastrophic mistakes. 

    Geno gets some points for not giving up and throwing a late touchdown, but his lack of ball security (four turnovers) was simply unacceptable.

    Geno Smith has show that he can improve on his game, just as he was able to clean up his habit of holding onto the ball for too long. Now, Geno must improved his ball security if the Jets are going to have a chance of winning games this year. 

Running Back

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    Bilal Powell: A

    Powell was the Jets' best offensive player, accounting for 108 yards overall, 66 on the ground (4.7 average) and 42 through the air. Powell has not only emerged as the top running back on the Jets' roster, but he is earning a reputation as one of the most consistent, reliable runners in the AFC.


    Tommy Bohanon: B

    Bohanon enjoyed his most efficient day as a runner, taking four carries for 17 yards and showing toughness gaining extra yards after contact.


    Alex Green: C-

    Green was virtually a non-factor, getting only two carries and a reception for a grand total of two yards. 



Wide Receivers

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    Santonio Holmes: C

    Holmes made the most spectacular play of the game through the air when he went full-Superman for a ball, but he was invisible after that. 

    After Stephen Hill went down, Holmes was unable to beat double-teams and the Jets offense struggled as a result.


    Stephen Hill: N/A

    Hill was knocked out of the game with a head injury on the first drive of the game. 


    Jeremy Kerley: C+

    Kerley was the Jets' most productive receiver with four catches for 65 yards, but it was a bit of an off-game for him. He had an uncharacteristic drop in the open field that may have cost the Jets a chance at a touchdown and was ineffective as a punt returner. 


    Clyde Gates: C

    Gates did account for three catches, but there was a clear drop-off in production from last week after Stephen Hill went down. Gates is still just a speedster that does not play nearly as fast as his 40 time would suggest.


    Ben Obomanu: D

    Obomanu had just one catch and drew a penalty on special teams. His play was a sign that the Jets need to upgrade their receiver depth.

Tight Ends

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    Kellen Winslow: A-

    Winslow was the team's top receiver, grabbing six passes for 73 yards. Winslow has been quiet over the past couple of weeks, but he showed a lot of resolve by filling the void at receiver after Stephen Hill went down in the first drive. 


    Jeff Cumberland: B-

    Cumberland had a very quiet day as a receiver, but he was responsible for the Jets' only touchdown on a 34-yard reception. Clearly, Kellen Winslow has surpassed him as the top tight end.

Offensive Line

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    Pass Protection: C

    After an excellent outing last week crafting beautiful pockets for Geno Smith, the Jets line was not able to hold up against the Titans' pass rush, especially as the score continued to get out of control and passing became more of a necessity.

    While not all of them were the offensive line's fault, Geno Smith's five sacks and four turnovers are a reflection of the amount of pressure he was under all day long. Plus, the Jets had a number of false-start penalties that ruined drives.


    Run Blocking: B+

    Unfortunately, the Jets had to abandon the run game before it had a chance to take over because of the score, but the early returns were positive. Bilal Powell averaged 4.7 yards per carry, largely thanks to the amount of room he had to work with.

    If the score was closer, the Jets' run blocking may have been more of a storyline than an afterthought.

Defensive Tackles

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    Damon Harrison: A

    Another week, another dominant performance by the Jets' run defense, holding Chris Johnson to a measly 1.4 yards per carry. Damon Harrison was largely responsible for the effort starting at nose tackle, eating up gaps and getting to solo tackles in the process. 


    Kenrick Ellis: B+

    Ellis played in his usual rotation as he continues to recover from his back injury, but there was a minimal drop-off when he replaced Harrison in the game. He also had two solo tackles.

Defensive Ends

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    Muhammad Wilkerson: A-

    Not only was Wilkerson a big factor in the dominant run defense, he was also the Jets' best interior pass-rusher. He did not get a sack, but he did get a quarterback hit that knocked Jake Locker out of the game and a tackle for loss. 


    Sheldon Richardson: B-

    This was Sheldon Richardson's most quiet game of the season. He failed to record even a single quarterback hit. However, he was stout in the run game and pushed Andy Levitre around—in fact, he flattened him to the ground on at least one occasion. 


    Leger Douzable: B+

    While the two starters had somewhat quiet afternoons, Douzable had one of his best games as a rotational player. He had a tremendous play in which he blew past an offensive lineman to destroy a run play. There was no drop-off in production when he was on the field.


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    David Harris: B

    This was a very solid, workmanlike performance from Harris, who finished with six solo tackles. He was not victimized in coverage, which is a good sign for a player who was so weak in that area a year ago. 

    Harris appears to be over whatever injury or distraction made him so ineffective a year ago. He is back to playing like one of the better inside linebackers in the league.


    Demario Davis: A

    Demario Davis was all over the field, showing great burst when shooting gaps and remaining stout in coverage against the Titans' tight ends and running backs. With eight solo tackles, including one for a loss, Davis may be the best linebacker on the roster in only his second season.


    Calvin Pace: A-

    Pace has quietly put in the best start to a season he's had in New York. After three straight solid performances, he added another sack to his tally and was terrific setting the edge in the run game.

    Calvin Pace is not exactly a terror on the edge, but he is a quality, well-rounded linebacker. He's making the Jets look smart for bringing him back.


    Quinton Coples: C

    Coples is showing a lot of grit by playing in an NFL game just barely over a month after having surgery on his ankle, but he is clearly not the same player he was before the injury. Coples can run around without much hindrance, but he struggles when converting speed to power. 

    Coples is not a liability on the field, but bringing him back to full capacity continues to be a work in progress.


    Antwan Barnes: B

    Barnes has proven to be a nice addition as a rotational pass-rusher, adding another sack to his total. The Jets' pass rush was mostly ineffective all afternoon with the exception of Barnes, who now gets to spend more time resting on the sideline with Coples back in the fold.


    Garrett McIntyre: D

    McIntyre recorded no defensive stats but did get called for a costly unnecessary roughness penalty.


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    Antonio Cromartie: C-

    Cromartie is clearly not fully recovered from his lingering hip issue that has bothered him since training camp. Not only was he beaten on a long touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick, he was also juked easily on an earlier touchdown from Jake Locker earlier in the game.

    The Jets need Cromartie to play at the Pro Bowl level he played at last year, but so far, he has not delivered in any of the four games. 


    Darrin Walls: C-

    Walls wound up getting the start at outside cornerback in place of the injured Dee Milliner, and he struggled from the get-go. The Titans tested him early and often, and Walls was shell-shocked. He gave up a handful of completions and was called for a holding call. 

    However, Walls' worst play was when he appeared not to even try to out-jump Justin Hunter for an end-zone pass at the end of the first half, resulting in a Titans touchdown. 

    Walls did settle down in the second half, breaking up at least one pass and almost getting an interception. Still, this was a rough outing for a player who has impressed in limited action to this point.


    Kyle Wilson: B

    Believe it or not, Kyle Wilson was the Jets' best defensive back, basically by default. He was rarely victimized in coverage and made a few nice tackles in the run game. This was a nice bounce-back game after last week's debacle cost him a chance to start at outside corner this week. 


    Ellis Lankster: B

    Lankster was not beaten in coverage in dime packages and recorded a tackle.


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    Dawan Landry: A-

    Landry was extremely active in the run game, notching six tackles, including one for a loss. Chris Johnson was not able to break any big runs on the outside, and Landry was a big reason why.


    Antonio Allen: B

    Allen had another solid day in coverage, spending a quality amount of time in the slot with good results. Delanie Walker was able to score a touchdown, but that was more the result of miscommunication.


    Jaiquawn Jarrett: B

    Jarrett showed off his aggressive style in his rotational role, getting two strong solo tackles in space. 

Special Teams

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    Nick Folk: A

    Nick Folk's stellar season continues. He hit both of his field goals and an extra point, and his kickoffs all went for touchbacks. Simply put, this was a perfect outing from Folk.


    Ryan Quigley: B+

    Quigley had a consistent afternoon with a 49-yard average that included one pin inside the 20. However, the Titans were able to get one big return on one of his punts late in the game.