The Broncos travel all the way out east for the dreaded 1:00pm kickoff for a west coast team as they seek to avoid a three-game losing streak. Having won close games against Seattle and the Raiders New York Jets Womens Hoodie
, Denver lost comfortably to Baltimore and then found themselves on the wrong end of a Patrick Mahomes-led comeback by the AFC’s hottest team.Let’s review how their roster shapes up:QuarterbacksHaving enjoyed a career year with the Vikings last year, Case Keenum has had an uneven start to his Broncos career. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since week one and has six interceptions already, having only thrown seven all year in 2017. He has also been sacked seven times in the last two games.Kevin Hogan, who had a decent performance against the Jets while with Cleveland last year, is listed as the third stringer behind Chad Kelly. The former seventh round pick had a decent preseason but has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game.Offensive lineDenver has used the draft to build up part of its offensive line with center Matt Paradis, guard Connor McGovern and tackle Garrett Bolles all being recent draft picks. Bolles, last year’s first rounder, had some issues last year with 15 penalties and eight sacks surrendered. He has already had four penalties this year too.Free agent guard Ronald Leary was brought in to bolster the unit, which has shown some good run blocking over the first month.Right tackle Jared Veldheer rounds out the starting lineup but he’s injured so Billy Turner will most likely fill in. Turner has 14 career starts. Max Garcia, another recent draft pick, had started every game over the last two years, but has been relegated to a reserve role since the addition of Leary.Running BacksThe Broncos’ offense has been driven by an impressive rookie running back tandem. Phillip Lindsay is more of a smaller, speedy scat back type who is currently on course for a thousand-yard season and had a 100-yard game a few weeks ago. He’s averaging almost six yards per carry. Royce Freeman, who was expected to start, is more of a power back and he’s averaging five yards a carry with a team-high three touchdowns.Devontae Booker was expected to get a bigger role with the departure of thousand-yard rusher CJ Anderson, but has remained as a backup due to the success of the two rookies.Fullback Andy Janovich has been doing an excellent job as a lead blocker.ReceiversDemaryius Thomas is still only 30 but seems to be on the downside of his career. His average per catch this year is just 8.4 yards, which would be a career-low by some margin. In fact, this would be the fifth year in a row that this number has been lower than in the previous season. Nevertheless, he still caught 83 passes last year and almost had a thousand yard season, so he’s still a threat.Emmanuel Sanders is leading the Broncos so far Womens Customized New York Jets Jerseys
, with 314 yards in the first four games. He caught 10 passes for 135 yards in week one. Sanders is the type of player who could kill the Jets on crossing routes, like Dede Westbrook did last week, but don’t be surprised if the Jets pay extra attention to those, leaving themselves susceptible elsewhere instead.Rookie Courtland Sutton is Thomas’ heir apparent and, although he only has eight catches in the first four games, he looks the part and has shown an ability to get deep and make highlight reel catches in the games so far and in preseason.Another rookie, DaeSean Hamilton is an option off the bench and can contribute in the slot.Having lost Jake Butt to another ACL tear, the Broncos have Jeff Heuermann as their top tight end now. He’s backed up by two players who were briefly Jets; Matt LaCosse and Brian Parker. Parker is a good blocker.Defensive lineDerek Wolfe is the Broncos’ best interior lineman, as he enters the third year of a $36 million contract extension. He’ll anchor the run defense along with another veteran; 33-year old nose tackle Domata Peko, who is in his second season with the team. Adam Gostis is the other starter, but he’s listed as questionable for Sunday.In reserve, Denver has DeMarcus Walker, last year’s second round pick, former Indianapolis Colt nose tackle Zach Kerr and Shelby Harris, who is another Jets’ cast-off. Harris had 5.5 sacks out of nowhere last year.LinebackersFor the third week in a row, the Jets will face a major challenge in pass protection, as pro-bowler Von Miller is already having a productive year with four sacks and two forced fumbles. Miller isn’t the only talented pass rusher Denver has though.Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick, has already had 1.5 sacks and is starting across from Miller. Chubb has had most of his reps on the right side, so he would match up with Kelvin Beachum Avery Williamson Jersey
, while Miller usually plays on the left so will mostly face Brandon Shell. They do swap sides from time to time though.In reserve, Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett also have plenty of talent.At inside linebacker, Brandon Marshall was the Broncos’ leading tackler by a mile last year but so far this season they’re being led by their safeties.The other starter is Todd Davis but he’s been listed as questionable, so one of their tandem of rookie reserves – Josey Jewell, AJ Johnson and Keishawn Bierria – might have to step up.Defensive backsDenver only intercepted 10 passes all last year and two so far this year, but they’ll be looking to force some turnovers against rookie Sam Darnold on Sunday.Despite having lost Aqib Talib in the offseason, the Broncos still have two solid starting cornerbacks in Bradley Roby and Chris Harris. Roby’s had some issues with missing tackles so far this season though.In reserve, they have two experienced veterans in Adam Jones and Tramaine Brock, along with a rookie; Isaac Yiadom.The starting safeties are Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons. Stewart was a pro bowler in 2016. The backups include Will Parks and yet another Jets cast-off; Shamarko Thomas.Special teamsKicker Brandon McManus has been perfect so far this season, but did miss eight field goals last year. Punter Marquette King is solid, but he’s injured and looks unlikely to play so Colby Wadman might have to make his NFL debut.In the return game, Lindsay is listed as the kickoff returner and Jones as the punt returner. Hamilton and Booker could also be options in the return game.In kick coverage, reserve inside linebacker Joe Jones leads the team with five tackles already. Simmons and Janovich were among those who were productive last year. The Jets offense was predictably lethargic in a 24-10 loss to the Bears, as without any viable NFL-caliber weapons at wide receiver, they were unable to move the football proficiently.How much of a role did the offensive line play in the subpar output? In some ways, they were a huge part, but in others, they actually contributed very positively. Let’s dive in!Previous editions: Pre 1, Pre 2, Pre 3 Youth Spencer Long Jersey
, Pre 4, W1-DET, W2-MIA, W3-CLE, W4-JAX, W5-DEN, W6-IND, W7-MINAs 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 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, footwork/mechanics forced to adjust due to pressure Authentic Trumaine Johnson Jersey
, 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 8!Some takeaways:The run blocking was atrocious. The Jets tried to get the outside game going but failed miserably, as Brandon Shell and Kelvin Beachum easily had their worst run blocking games. I credited them for 7 combined stuffs allowed in this game, compared to 11 combined over the first seven games.Pass protection was actually pretty decent against a Bears front that rarely brought more than four rushers. The final pressure rate of 40.6% is bad and the second-worst number the Jets have posted this year, but I think that is a bit misleading for two reasons. One, the team compiled a lot of pressures allowed in garbage time with the game out of reach. They were solid for most of the time the game was still within reach.Two, the offensive line actually was solid in pass pro as a whole. The Jets were hampered by bad help from the skill positions. Isaiah Crowell, Trenton Cannon, and Neal Sterling combined to allow 5 pressures in only 6 protection snaps. That’s atrocious, and it tanks the team’s overall number. The Bears rarely blitzed, and thus the Jets relied on extra pass protection help in this game as little as they have all season. Yet, the skill position protection was as harmful to the offense as it has been in any game. These three were that poor in their execution. All five misses were poor reads, rather than lost 1-on-1s.In spite of a poor outing in the run game, Shell is officially red hot in pass protection. Since his Week 4 debacle in Jacksonville, I’ve credited Shell with only 6 total pressures allowed in 135 protection snaps over the past four games, a sterling 4.4% rate. He was untouched throughout the entire Bears game until one pressure in garbage time.FILMBrian Winters’ pass protection is a consistent liability holding back this offense. Whether it’s to his inside Youth Sam Darnold Jersey
, to his outside, or straight through him (as seen below), Winters is getting beat far too many times a game. As mentioned, in the following clip Akiem Hicks blasts straight through Winters to get the hit on Sam Darnold.The Jets’ zone running game was obliterated in this game, but there were actually a couple of flashes of impressive work with man blocking concepts. Here, James Carpenter, the prototype man blocker, shows what he can do when he can drive the man in front of him vertically. Chris Herndon also gets a great block on the edge. His pass blocking has been far ahead of his run blocking, but he’s gradually getting this phase of his game improved.Isaiah Crowell’s pass protection is a major detriment to this offense and likely the reason he has never been trusted as a featured every-down back. With the stout pass-blocking Bilal Powell out, that weakness from Crowell will be highlighted even more.As Tony Romo pointed out on the CBS broadcast, Crowell should have checked for the blitz before leaking out and running his route here. This misread leads to an unblocked sack of Darnold, the only sack allowed by the Jets in the game.I chose this play to highlight Brandon Shell. I thought it was a strong contender for his best pass-blocking game as a Jet. He did not get much (if any) help from tight ends and running backs, and yet had one of his most pristine outings. Here, he does a nice job shutting down the attempted rip move by Leonard Floyd.At the same time, you can also see Beachum allow pressure forcing Darnold to adjust his footing, and Carpenter get decimated by a spin move to allow a nice little shot on the QB (FYI – this was the only pressure of the game I credited Carpenter with.)Beachum’s inability to create space in the run game, specifically with his lateral movement in the zone game, was perhaps the top reason the Jets had such a sluggish running game (2 first downs to 12 stuffs, 1.8 yards per attempt sans-scrambles). Here he easily lets the outside linebacker slip through the B-gap to force Crowell to redirect his run inside.Here is a look at how the Jets are stacking up through the first half of the season.