Last week, Demario Davis split time with Erin Henderson for the first time all season. He actually responded well to a reduced role, avoiding any major mistakes. This week, the Jets also employed Jamari Lattimore, so it was basically a three-man rotation and a further reduction in playing time for Davis.
Lattimore had a rough day as two third-down conversions were completed just over his head and another one saw the receiver elude him to get to the marker. He was also blocked out of a play at the second level. Henderson fared a little better with a pressure and a couple of run stops. He did miss a tackle, though.
Davis came up big on third down with a nice open-field tackle in the flat, although the receiver almost got away from him for a potential big gain. Davis was solid against the run, but he also missed the tackle that allowed Odell Beckham to break away for his long touchdown reception, although that was little more than a diving attempt in desperation.
That touchdown happened mainly because of a mix-up in zone coverage. Both David Harris and Buster Skrine followed a back out into the flat, leaving Beckham wide open. It's not possible to tell for sure who was at fault, but it seems more likely that was Skrine's assignment.
One of those completions over Lattimore's head was also a mix-up in zone coverage, so it wasn't necessarily Lattimore's fault. Harris quietly led the team with nine tackles, although he got washed out on some runs and screen-passes. He did make two good open field tackles on third down.
Also on the outside, Calvin Pace was a gametime decision. He had a key pressure late in the game, but was otherwise pretty quiet. He was in on one run stuff. Trevor Reilly apparently would have started if Pace didn't play, but he played just two snaps.
Once again, the Jets looked to use Lorenzo Mauldin and Mike Catapano as their edge rushers on passing downs, but Catapano hurt his foot and will undergo x-rays today. Prior to getting hurt, he recorded a sack, as he was able to get a hand on Eli Manning's ankle as he stepped up, tripping him over. Once Catapano was out, Mauldin moved back to the right side and Pace took over the reps on the left side.
While he still seems to struggle to hold up at the point of attack against the run, Mauldin is starting to make real strides as a pass-rusher now and he got some good pressure off the edge, getting a knockdown with a low hit and drawing a crucial hold that negated a big pass play.
Next up…while most of the pre-game focus was on the corners, it was the safeties who would come up with two of the biggest plays of the game…