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Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' overtime win over the Jaguars in Week 4:
Statistically, the Jets didn't have a great deal of success on the defensive line, as they had just one sack and allowed Jacksonville to rack up 175 rushing yards at 4.5 yards per carry. However, they made some key contributions to help the team win.
Leonard Williams was back to something like his best, racking up a season-high seven tackles and leading the team with two quarterback hits.
However, it was Kony Ealy who made the biggest impact this week, batting four passes at the line -- all after halftime -- intercepting one on the ricochet to set up a field goal. Ealy also had some good pressure off the edge, although he was driven off the line a few times in the running game. Ealy missed practice time earlier in the week after his sister passed away, but deservedly ended up with the game ball after a performance made all the more remarkable by the fact he barely played in the first half.
Muhammad Wilkerson also contributed a season-high with six tackles this week, including a big stop on 3rd-and-short with five minutes left. However, he was double-teamed a lot at the point of attack and still looks like a shadow of his former self. Wilkerson and Williams have failed to register a sack between them so far this year.
Nose tackles Steve McLendon and Mike Pennel were both in the starting lineup and the Jets used them together, to good effect, against the run. McLendon blew up a run for no gain, but also jumped offsides once. Lawrence Thomas also saw action, as he played on both sides of the ball.
Demario Davis had another effective game, leading the Jets in tackles and pressures. He had mixed results against the run but had one of the best plays of the game with a big hit on the edge. He gave up one first down in coverage, though.
Darron Lee didn't miss any tackles this week, but was blocked out of a few running plays and on a screen pass that went for a big gain. He was also beaten for a touchdown in coverage as he got caught up in traffic, although he made a good play in coverage later on. He came up big on Jacksonville's final drive, with a tackle for loss that forced them to punt from their own endzone.
Reserve Julian Stanford filled in for a few plays after Lee twisted his ankle, but came up big with a tackle for loss in the flat. He was also in on a run-stuff.
David Bass had the Jets' only sack, his second in two games, as he chased Blake Bortles down from behind when he rolled out. He also had a couple of pressures and made a few plays against the run.
Jordan Jenkins had a quarterback hit off a bull-rush and made a tackle for no gain in the flat, but he also had some missteps, with an illegal use of the hands penalty and a missed tackle. He was also badly fooled when Bortles faked a hand-off and ran for 27 yards on a read-option run. Other than that, the Jaguars' longest run all day was just 11 yards.
Rookie Dylan Donahue saw action off the bench, coming in low with a good pressure around the edge.
The secondary played a big role in the win, limiting big plays as Bortles completed just 15 of 35 passes. Bortles threw incomplete on 10 of his 12 passes that went more than 10 yards downfield. Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye had 10 tackles between them, with each of them getting in on one stop near the line. Maye also helped disrupt a pass, but Adams missed a few tackles.
The Jets also used Terrence Brooks and the returning Rontez Miles in three and four-safety sets. They only had one tackle between them on defense, but Miles contributed by drawing a holding penalty.
Buster Skrine gave up a couple of third down conversions and had a pass interference penalty, but made a couple of good plays in coverage and had a quarterback hit and a stop in run-support.
The other three cornerbacks -- Morris Claiborne, Juston Burris, and Darryl Roberts -- were targeted eight times between them with just one 10-yard catch given up by Roberts.
Burris, who replaced Roberts when he got injured, had a pass break-up but also got lucky when he was beaten in field goal range during overtime, only for the pass to be dropped.
Claiborne's man also caught a 13-yard pass when the Jets tried to run a trap, with Claiborne dropping back and Adams dropping into the flat. He added a tackle for loss on a 3rd-and-short run, but was also called for a hold.