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The Jets dropped to 3-6 with a disappointing loss in Miami on Sunday. Let's evaluate three of the New York's best performers and three players who struggled.
OLB Jordan Jenkins
Over the last month or so, Jenkins has been quiet, with just nine tackles and half a sack. Perhaps as a result of his disappointing production, he didn't start the previous two games. However, he was back into the starting lineup on Sunday and responded well with five tackles and two big sacks. Jenkins now leads the Jets with a career-high 4.5 sacks.
Jenkins also contributed to a run defense that held the Dolphins to just 2.4 yards per carry as he was in on a run stuff near the line in the first quarter. He also made a third down tackle just short of the marker on a Brock Osweiler scramble to force a Dolphins punt and added a tackle on special teams.
S Jamal Adams
Continuing his excellent play this season, Adams was at the center of the Jets' defensive effort that held the Dolphins to just 168 yards. He ended with seven tackles, including one for a loss. He also stuffed two other runs close to the line of scrimmage and made an open-field tackle in the flat on third down.
Adams also performed well in coverage, as he blanketed Mike Gesicki on a deep throw down the sideline and batted two passes down as he was blitzing off the edge. One of those, on third down in the red zone, likely saved the Jets four points as two receivers were open beyond the marker.
While he may be frustrated with how his team is playing, Adams himself has been relentless this year and should get plenty of pro bowl votes if he continues to play at this level.
RB Elijah McGuire
In a listless offensive performance, the newly-activated McGuire was probably the biggest bright spot on offense. McGuire's nine touches netted 60 yards, including four first downs. He also earned a fifth when he slipped out of a tackle in the flat and drew a facemask penalty. Although he juggled and dropped a pass over the middle, McGuire was impressive with his burst and receiving skills.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see McGuire's role continue to increase over the next few weeks, as Isaiah Crowell has been in a slump since injuring his ankle, and the Jets probably trust McGuire more than both Crowell and Trenton Cannon in pass protection.
C Spencer Long
Long wasn't the only offensive lineman who could be considered worthy of the losers list this week because Brandon Shell and Brian Winters had serious issues with Cam Wake and Akeem Spence, respectively.
However, Long's mistakes were the most damaging. He's been struggling with his shotgun snaps all year, and that pattern continued after he aggravated a finger injury. After a series of wayward snaps, it eventually cost the Jets dearly as one of them led directly to a pick-six. Another wrecked a promising drive on the next possession as it sailed over the quarterback's head.
Unquestionably, the Jets should have benched Long earlier than they did, although Todd Bowles said it was injury-related rather than due to performance. However, it doesn't say much for their faith in his backup Jonotthan Harrison that they waited as long as they did.
QB Sam Darnold
While some of his struggles were in part attributable to the poor performance of his offensive line, Darnold had an erratic performance that saw him throw a career-worst four interceptions, one of which was returned for the game's only touchdown. He was also lucky not to be intercepted on a few more errant throws.
We'll have our usual in-depth look into Darnold's performance tomorrow, so we'll delve more into the reasons for his struggles there.
K Jason Myers
Myers has had a great season so far, but he picked a really bad time to miss just his second field goal of the season. Myers's 50-yarder with under 13 minutes to go would have tied the game, but it sliced well wide of the upright. Darnold's crucial pick-six came on the next Jets' possession. Had the score been tied at that point, perhaps the rookie wouldn't have tried to force that one.
While Myers later redeemed himself somewhat with his third 55-yard field goal of the season, who knows what would have happened if he made that earlier kick to tie the score? The Dolphins went three-and-out on each of their possessions after that missed kick.