Yes, that a five man line - Coples-Wilkerson-Harrison-Williams-Douzable - which was something used extensively by the Jets and not just in passing situations. This provides one simple answer to the question of "how will the Jets get all their top linemen on the field at the same time when Sheldon Richardson returns?" Behind the front five, the Jets had a conventional set-up with their two starting inside linebackers and the four starters in the secondary on the field. It will be interesting to see how much of a staple this set will become.
While I've cruelly implied that Leger Douzable will be bumped to the bench in these packages when Richardson returns, that's selling Douzable short because he is making excellent contributions himself playing both on the edge and on the interior. Douzable had several pressures as a pass rusher, got to Luck a few times for hits and could have had a couple of sacks if Luck wasn't so difficult to bring down. Douzable also made a tackle for loss and was only blocked out of a couple of plays. He was in on one other run stuff and also on the tackle where David Harris pried the ball away from Andrew Luck. Perhaps most surprising of all was the athleticism he showcased in dropping deep into coverage along with Quinton Coples on the play where Luck was blitzed and threw his first interception.
As good as Douzable was, Muhammad Wilkerson was even better. For Wilkerson, who was almost unblockable, it was one of his best games, with constant pressure on Luck, including two plays where he hit him as he threw, leading to an interception. He also drew two holding penalties and got some tremendous penetration in the running game, stuffing one run himself. Wilkerson missed just six snaps after having missed 19 in the opener.
Someone making a strong case for himself to remain on the roster when Richardson returns is Stephen Bowen. Bowen was in on two run stuffs, including one for a loss, and had two pressures, again almost sacking Luck on one play. That was excellent production from just 11 snaps. Also off the bench TJ Barnes was only in for a couple of plays but got good penetration on one short yardage stuff.
At nose tackle, Damon Harrison didn't have much of a direct impact and was blocked out of a couple of plays. However, he helped bottle up one run and I got a kick out of seeing him simply throw his man to the floor before leveraging his body into the hole on a goal line stuff.
Finally, while the contributions from Leonard Williams were overshadowed by other players on the defense, he still had plenty of positives. Williams was in on a tackle in the backfield and three other run stuffs close to the line, drew a holding penalty and had some good penetration in the running game, although he was controlled at the point of attack quite a bit. Perhaps his most impressive under-the-radar play saw him holding off a double team and eventually splitting it to get in on a tackle. In terms of his pass rushing he did have a couple of pressures on Luck and nearly sacked him once. Overall, though, Williams did have more positive contributions and fewer negative plays in the first half, so perhaps his comments about his conditioning were on point.
Next up...there were some excellent contributions from the linebackers this week too...