Once again, Jets fans were subjected to the all-too-familiar sight of Demario Davis arriving on the scene too late as a wide open receiver took another pass into the end zone. That doesn't necessarily mean it's always his fault but, this time, Davis did seem to be fooled by the Texans' well-designed (and well-executed) gadget play.
While the announcers correctly noted that Antonio Cromartie had completely abandoned that side of the field, it's definitely the case that the back who caught the pass was Davis' assignment initially, because he mirrored his first step before the ball was thrown to the opposite sideline.
Davis continues to struggle with the Bowles/Rodgers system for whatever reason and you have to wonder if he's going to lose playing time soon. I did notice Erin Henderson entered the game for him a couple of times, although on one of those occasions he was noticeably limping at the conclusion of the previous play, so I don't know if we can say that this is a shift in that direction quite yet. Davis only missed a total of six plays, although he had only missed two all season before yesterday.
We often discuss players in the context of whether or not they are making impact plays, but Davis is a player who is making impact mistakes nearly every week. Everyone makes a mistake from time to time, but if you compare him directly with his inside linebacking partner David Harris, it seems a lot rarer that Harris is on the wrong end of a crucial play this year.
Davis had a couple of pressures and was in on a few run stops, but was blocked out of a few run plays and missed one tackle. There was also another play where he seemed to be at fault for leaving the back uncovered for an easy third down conversion on a dump-off underneath. On the play, both Harris and Davis vacated the middle, but Harris was the only defender on the same side as the tight end so he had to take that assignment, whereas Davis tried to jump a slant route on a slot receiver that was already covered so he either needed to get back to the middle of the field quicker having done so, or should have stayed underneath and taken responsibility for the back instead.
Harris recorded eight tackles, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit. He did miss one tackle, was fooled on a wildcat play and was blocked out a few times at the second level, but - unlike Davis - he avoided any major errors.
The biggest story of the week is the fact that the Jets waived Quinton Coples after the game. Coples saw action on just five snaps, which had me wondering what the point was of even having him active if they're not going to use him even when Sheldon Richardson is out. The team obviously reached the same conclusion and took it a step further by waiving him earlier today. Coples perhaps wasn't viewed as an ideal fit for the system, but he's a player with experience and good production in multiple roles and the Jets' insistence on not using him was baffling, especially since he'd shown some early season signs that he was going to have a productive year.
When the Jets were in London, I observed that Coples was laughing around and joking following the team's win, despite the fact that his snaps had been cut, while others in the same situation were moping around despite the win. He didn't seem bothered by the fact he hadn't played a big part in the win and I wonder if the team was less than impressed with his lack of urgency to start making bigger contributions after having talked about expectations of big pass rush numbers during the offseason. Alternatively, maybe he finally got frustrated and spoke out or even asked for his release. Who knows?
I'm sure there's more to this, but Coples is going to be an interesting player to keep tabs on now the Jets have cut ties.
Calvin Pace got plenty of playing time and was able to make a few good contributions with a tackle for loss, one other run stuff and a good play in coverage. He too was fooled on a wildcat play, lost contain on another play and was blocked well off the line by a double-team on a stretch zone run, creating a big cutback lane.
Lorenzo Mauldin saw reps as a situational edge rusher in passing situations again and did get outside to record one pressure.
In relief work, Henderson was in on one run stuff but did miss a tackle. He came unblocked to create pressure on one blitz. Jamari Lattimore and Trevor Reilly continue to just play on special teams.
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