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The Jets offensive line took perhaps

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    October 10, 2019 8:24 PM PDT
     its most heat of the year in the team’s loss to Miami White Leonard Williams Jerseys , as snapping issues from Spencer Long plagued the offense.Past the snapping debacle, how well did the Jets get it done in the blocking department? Let’s dive in!Previous editions: Pre 1, Pre 2, Pre 3, Pre 4, W1-DET, W2-MIA, W3-CLE, W4-JAX, W5-DEN, W6-IND, W7-MIN, W8-CHIAs I will always mention, it is impossible to capture everything with the stats, but with this series I hope to capture the most impactful plays accumulated by each linemen, both positive and negative, to help better our perspective on their production levels. Every single snap does matter, and here we will only be grading a small portion of those snaps, but this data can still help shape our opinions on players more properly and truly. Do not use these numbers as final judgement, but as useful evidence.Here’s what I’ve been tracking:Stuffs (runs for 2 yards or less and no first down) allowed in the run gameRushing first downs assisted“Setup runs” assisted (which I now define as a 5+ yard pickup on 1st-3rd down that did not result in a first down). Despite not resulting in a first down, these kinds of pickups are still positive plays that deserve to be tracked.Sacks allowedQB hits (knockdowns) allowedQB pressures allowed (pressure counts include all throws affected by pressure, forced rollouts/dodged defenders, forced throwaways, throwing directly over/around a deeply penetrating defender Leonard Williams Jerseys 2019 , footwork/mechanics forced to adjust due to pressure, etc.)Deflections allowed (occurrences when allowing the currently engaged defender to bat/deflect a pass at the line)Open field assists (blocking assists for significant extra yardage/first down by any player, OL or skill position, in the pass game while a pass receiver has the football)Pass blocking snaps (Pass blocking snaps now counted for all players rather than just the base five linemen. Team pass attempts + sacks)Penalties (Total accepted, yards, first downs/scores wiped out, and declined)Here are the numbers for the Jets in Week 9!Some takeaways:Long’s snapping obviously took the most attention. As I discussed in an article posted yesterday, Sam Darnold’s efficiency was significantly worse on throws off of bad shotgun snaps. Long had 15 of them (otherworldly terrible) in the game, 13 on passing plays. Darnold’s yards per attempt average dipped from 7.1 on clean snaps and throws from under center to 2.3 on bad shotgun snaps, while the rate at which he took sacks multiplied by 10 on bad shotgun snaps.Jonotthan Harrison did his job in relief, delivering clean snaps on each play and not allowing any pressure. It was a nice bounceback game from him after a poor spot start in Chicago.I tagged Brandon Shell for season highs of 7 pressures and a 16.3% pressure rate. Cameron Wake just seems to have his number. The last time Shell allowed a pressure rate that high, a 16.2% against Jacksonville back in Week 4, he bounced back for a sublime four-game stretch. Can he do that again?Kelvin Beachum actually did a great job keeping the Jets pass protection respectable for most of the game. 4 of his 5 pressures came on the final few Jets drives of the game.James Carpenter had a perfect game in pass protection, and has now allowed only 3 total pressures over the last three weeks.Brian Winters has plainly had a terrible season. I tagged him for 3 sacks allowed in this game, the most by an individual Jet in a game this season. The Jets can cut him without any dead money after this season. In spite of his homegrown status and the confidence they showed in him with the deal they signed him to, it’s starting to seem like a no-brainer to cut ties and start over at right guard - in addition to the other two interior spots.FILMWe’ve all had enough negativity around the world of the Jets lately, so I’ll keep things positive with a couple of good plays that stood out to me.Elijah McGuire was the best offensive player on the field for the Jets without question, collecting 5 first downs across 10 touches.One of the biggest question marks left by Bilal Powell’s injury is how the other backs would hold up in pass protection. Powell is a pass pro stud - Isaiah Crowell and Trenton Cannon are anything but.McGuire, who has often been compared to Powell, showed a big time flash in his one pass protection rep against the Dolphins. This is a superb stunt pickup from the second-year Ragin’ Cajun.Seriously, I wish the Jets interior offensive line could pick up stunts like that.McGuire led the Jets running backs in snaps in Week 9, and after performing as well as he did, he should be in line for a major role throughout the second half. If McGuire can continuously perform the way he did against the Dolphins in all three phases as a runner, receiver White Kelechi Osemele Jerseys , and blocker, it will be a tremendous development for the future of this offense. He really is a Bilal Powell-lite; but can he eclipse the complimentary role Powell could never quite escape?Next, a look at another 2017 Mike Maccagan draft pick, Jordan Leggett. Leggett has been dead-silent as a receiver this year, but I think he has quietly been a very positive contributor in the run game. I’ve previously highlighted him making some impressive plays against players like Myles Garrett and Calais Campbell. Here, he puts Cameron Wake on the floor to help spring a 7-yard first down run for Isaiah Crowell. Chris Herndon and Brandon Shell also contribute with great blocks - I thought Shell looked good in the run game in spite of his protection struggles.Here are my numbers for the Jets on the season. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold nearly pulled off another one.Six days after leading the New York Jets to the first fourth-quarter comeback victory of his young career, the rookie quarterback almost did it again — falling just shy in a 29-22 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday night.“To go out there against a good Texans team, it would’ve been awesome to be able to get that win,” Darnold said, “but we just came up short.”Things looked promising after Darnold and the Jets (4-10) took their first lead of the game on Elijah McGuire’s 2-yard touchdown run with just 5 minutes left.The No. 3 overall pick made plays with his arm and legs during the impressive 15-play, 73-yard go-ahead drive as he converted three third-down plays and a fourth-down opportunity.“He played a gritty ballgame,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He played tough and made some throws.”On third-and-10 from the 19, Darnold took off for 14 yards — and a holding call on Aaron Colvin put the ball on the 2. After Darnold was stopped for no gain on a quarterback draw, he handed the ball to McGuire who pushed up the middle — surrounded by a surging mass of blockers who helped shove him all the way into the end zone for the score.It set off a wild celebration by the Jets.But Deshaun Watson and the Texans — whose nine-game winning streak was snapped by Indianapolis last Sunday — weren’t going down for the second straight game. Watson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2:15 left, lifting Houston to the victory.“We’ve just got to finish the game,” Darnold said.A holding call on cornerback Morris Claiborne on third down prolonged the Texans’ winning drive, and Watson completed passes of 20 and 3 yards to Demaryius Thomas and 7 yards to Hopkins to get to New York’s 14.“This is how I feed my family,” Claiborne said of the penalty call. “When you make calls like that, you mess that up for me.”Watson then found Hopkins streaking down the left sideline and launched a pass that the receiver somehow came down with despite being tightly covered by Claiborne.“The holding call hurt us, obviously,” Bowles said. “That got them down the field and the guy made a heck of a catch at the end. Mo had him covered great. He’s a great receiver and he made a heck of a play.”Darnold and the Jets had two more chances to pull off a stunner.On fourth-and-14 from the New York 21, Robby Anderson couldn’t come down with Darnold’s throw — and the Jets turned it over on downs.“It was just a little bit of bad judgment by me,” Anderson said. “I came a little bit too much under it and it hit right off my fingertips.”Moments later Kelechi Osemele Jerseys 2019 , Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 40-yard field goal — his fifth kick of the game — made it 29-22 with 54 seconds left.Darnold and the offense came out again with 75 yards between them and a tying touchdown. But after two incompletions and a sack, Darnold faced a fourth-and-18. He threw a short pass to McGuire, who gained 16 yards — 2 short of a first down, sealing the game.“It’s frustrating to lose the ballgame,” Bowles said. “We could’ve finished it a bunch of different ways. Whether it’s offense or defense, we didn’t finish it. The penalties cost us at the end.”Darnold’s overall performance, however, was a glaring bright spot for the Jets — who have had few things to feel good about this season.He was 24 of 38 for 253 yards and touchdown passes to Anderson and Andre Roberts , and also ran six times for 35 yards in arguably his best game of the season. That would mark two straight solid outings for Darnold, who missed three games with a strained foot before returning against Buffalo last Sunday.“He’s just comfortable,” Bowles said. “He’s just playing his game. He’s not trying to be perfect. He’s just trying to play football. He’s just enjoying playing football. That comes with game by game, having success.“You sit out a while, you get to step back and you come back and you learn a little bit. It looks like he’s learned quite a bit.”Darnold’s teammates are also noticing a more confident playmaking quarterback on the field.“He played phenomenal,” safety Jamal Adams said. “He’s a bad man and the future is bright for him.”After the game, Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt found Darnold on the field and gave the young quarterback a hug.“You’re going to be a great pro,” Watt told him.The overall outlook for the Jets appears uncertain with Bowles likely to be looking for a new job when the season ends, and general manager Mike Maccagnan not a lock to return.But one thing New York might be able to count on is the fact it has a young quarterback who is progressing each week.“Yeah, I mean, I feel comfortable getting experience and I feel like I’m seeing the field a lot better,” Darnold said. “I feel like our whole offense is really starting to click a lot better, getting in and out. But, it comes down to wins and losses. We want to get out there and win the game. That’s the whole point of playing, you want to win.”