FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets are 1-4. Struggling to finish games, riddled with injury concerns, going through growing pains, though the team shouldn’t let its confidence wane. Here’s three things the Jets should feel optimistic about going forward:
Quincy Enunwa has been the most consistent player and the lone bright spot in what has been a frustrating season for the Jets. He was listed as questionable before the game with a knee injury, but still managed to push through netting four catches for 51 yards on seven targets. With Eric Decker missing the last two games, Enunwa is getting valuable playing time and slowly building a rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Who would’ve thought Enunwa would have the most receptions on the team through five weeks?
ZERO PICKS FOR FITZ-
Granted, Pittsburgh’s secondary isn’t the greatest but Fitzpatrick’s decision making wasn’t as bad as we’ve seen in previous games. If you ignore Ben Roethlisberger’s performance (34-47, 380 yards, 4 TDs), Fitzpatrick’s day doesn’t seem that bad. Trailing 14-13 at halftime, the Jets were in great shape but couldn’t muster enough offense to gain 100 yards in the second half and were outscored 17-0. They’ll need to make some sort of adjustment to form a unique identity whether it’s a change of pace, or personnel substitutions. Fitzpatrick did recover his own fumble but for the time being Chan Gailey should be pleased with the mistake free football Fitz played yesterday.
Todd Bowles said after the game that he decided to play Darryl Roberts instead of rookie Juston Burris because Roberts, “had a better week of practice.” That may be the only good coaching decision Bowles made yesterday. Roberts made plays in the secondary, making two tackles and defending two passes despite suffering a shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger almost threw for 400 yards but Roberts showed speed and instincts against Pittsburgh’s wide outs. Darrelle Revis was out with a hamstring injury, allowing Roberts to fill in and get some action. At this point, he may be the fastest defensive back the Jets have on the roster. Roberts was able to keep up with his man which should give defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers confidence going forward. We all know how much the Jets struggle with fast receivers. If the secondary continues to disappoint, expect to see more of Roberts in nickel and dime packages.
TIGHT END SIGHTINGS-
Brandon Bostick caught the first reception by a Jets tight end this season. More surprising however, is newcomer Austin Seferian-Jenkins recording his first reception as a Jet. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer was targeted twice and finished with two catches for 17 yards. The Jets don’t utilize the tight end position often but you’ve got to start somewhere. Maybe the Jets will run more plays for tight ends in the future, but for now its nice to see that them acknowledge that they have one.
BONUS- LEONARD WILLIAMS
On the other side of the football, Leonard “Big Kat” Williams continues to pursue his goal of getting more sacks this season. He added another one yesterday, forcing a strip sack fumble on Roethlisberger, bringing his total to five which is two more than he had last year. If he stays healthy, Williams will continue to see his sack total rise.
Marcus Reynolds is a staff writer for Jetsinsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Marcus_JRNL), or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).