Five Jets To Feel Good About In Bye Week
After watching the New York Jets beat the Patriots and the Saints most recently, the franchise and fan base are feeling good heading into the bye week.
Based off what we saw in the game against the Saints, there are many positives to take away from the game, here are my top five guys that deserve to be commended on the 5-4 Jets squad:
5. Josh Cribbs – Three weeks ago, the former longtime Browns standout was unemployed. The Jets took a chance on him, learned that his knee injury had healed up and have not wasted any time getting him involved. The three-time Pro Bowler has had a resurgence in his career with the Jets being his third team in a year. Cribbs has contributed as a productive kick returner, wide receiver and inserted at quarterback in the wild cat as well. The 30 year old Cribbs still has game and has brought a whole new wrinkle in the Jets attack that has been without Santonio Holmes for the last five games.
4. Antonio Allen – Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are two of the best tight ends that the NFL has to offer. Allen has been the guy assigned to those specimens this season. Don’t get me wrong, Allen definitely didn’t stop these NFL-game changers (Gronk 8 catches, Graham 9 catches) but he knocked the ball out of their hands in key moments and made them aware of his presence every time. As a 2012 7th round draft pick, the 6-foot-1 Allen is developing quite nicely into the most physical defensive back the Jets have to offer.
3. Muhammad Wilkerson - The Jets 2011 first round pick is quickly becoming one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wilkerson is leading a interior Jets defensive line that has found themselves in the backfield disrupting some of the best quarterbacks the NFL has had to offer this year. Every opposing offense has to get to the line of scrimmage and account for Wilkerson on every snap. In the second to last year of his contract, look for the Jets to open up their wallet for Wilkerson in the future.
2. Marty Mornhinweg – In his first year with the Jets after having a long successful career in Philadelphia, Mornhinweg has been the team’s top free agent acquisition of the off-season. Rex Ryan called Mornihinweg the assistant of the year during Sunday’s post-game press conference. With limited weapons and a rookie quarterback at the helm, Mornhinweg has thrown every offensive formation into the playbook to make things work. His creativity has kept defenses guessing week in and week out, making up for the lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball.
1. Nick Folk - At 28 years old, Folk is having the best year of his career and it isn’t even close. Last off-season Folk was re-signed to a year contract with the Jets after hitting 78% of his field goals. Currently 23-of-23 on the year, the Jets are going to be tough to reckon with if they can continuously get points on the board every single time they’re in field goal range.
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