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Jets Whose Stock Plummeted Against the Giants Eric Tomlinson - If you’ve followed this site since the start of last season Womens Jordan Jenkins Jersey , you would know that I have long been a staunch supporter of Eric Tomlinson, even toying with placing him on my top ten roster power rankings at a point during the 2017 season.However, that relationship has sadly crumbled to dust. I would not like for Tomlinson to make this roster. Known solely for his blocking ability, Tomlinson has struggled to produce in that area throughout the preseason, standing out most terribly against the Giants. He compiled two false start penalties, and added this gem in pass protection:Every tight end struggled against the Giants, but Tomlinson is no longer thriving with his one tool that made him a viable player. Chris Herndon, Clive Walford, and Neal Sterling all possess far more upside as receivers and have been comparable if not much better as blockers. It would be a shame in my eyes if one of those three players missed the final 53 in favor of Tomlinson.Trenton Cannon - After muffing two punts against the Falcons, Cannon fumbled away a kick return on Friday night. He has eliminated himself from consideration at either returner spot, all but securing Andre Roberts’ roster spot.However, Cannon did add 4 receptions for 30 yards and 5 carries for 24 yards against the Giants. Though he hasn’t found that big play yet, he’s flashed some quick change of direction ability and been efficient given his surroundings. Through three games, Cannon has 63 rushing yards on 16 carries, a 3.94 yards per carry average that while mediocre easily tops the other four backs that have carried the rock for the Jets so far. Cannon’s 7 receptions also lead the team.While he has certainly not helped himself with these muffs, it seems that Cannon still has a solid shot of sticking on the roster with the way the final 53 is shaping out.Juston Burris - Burris struggled in his relief appearance and has done nothing to help himself earn a roster spot at the bottom of the cornerback depth chart.Chad Hansen - ArDarius Stewart finally showed up and made a couple of plays in the receiving game, while Hansen continues to straggle for playing time and fail to make plays.Dimitri Flowers - The undrafted free agent who was once considered to have a great chance at a roster spot has been outperformed by Lawrence Thomas and relegated to small portions of snaps with the backups throughout the preseason. Against the Giants, Flowers compiled only 3 snaps. It doesn’t seem like he has a shot at the roster anymore.Brent Qvale - While the rest of the first team offensive line actually had an improved game Avery Williamson Jersey , Qvale continues to struggle mightily week after week in both the run and pass games. It’s puzzling as to why the team continues to feature him as a primary backup instead of giving some other competitors a bit of burn just to see what they’ve got. Qvale is clearly a far below replacement level backup. As has already been the case in recent seasons, the Jets will be in trouble if their starting offensive line cannot stay healthy, as if that starting unit wasn’t already stacked with question marks when they are healthy.Lorenzo Mauldin - Hopeful projection was probably the only trait that might have given Mauldin a case for the roster as he has failed to both stay healthy and produce throughout the offseason. Now, with the far younger Frankie Luvu showing up with a sack, in addition to Mauldin failing to gain any playing time, Mauldin’s time seems to be running out. Draft pedigree is his only hope, but it certainly should not be enough to save him, even in this barren position group.Jets vs. Broncos: Anatomy of a defensive bust When a defense busts an assignment, it provokes anger and outrage from fans. These guys are handsomely compensated professionals. How can they just blow an assignment?This was a popular refrain last week as we examined the Jets’ loss to Jacksonville. On many levels, the complaints ring true. The NFL has the best football players in the world. These players have a job, and it is to execute. Their opponents are also very talented paid quite well to execute, though. And complex plays are necessary to beat opponents of such high caliber. Complexity can lead to errors.The Jets aren’t the only team to make these errors. Take what happened to the Broncos in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.Defensive play calls are complicated by their very nature. A defense has no idea whether the opponent will run the ball or throw the ball before a play is run. Therefore, the defensive playcall must provide assignments for both possibilities.On this play, to defend the run, the Broncos have seven defenders committed to stopping the run. They are each assigned one of the seven gaps in the Jets’ formation. A gap is the space between blockers up front.Against the pass, the Broncos are playing man to man coverage. The most notable pass assignment is number 29 Bradley Roby matched up against Quincy Enunwa.Enunwa is sent in motion, and this starts a chain of events that leads to disaster for Denver. Roby follows him.Darian Stewart (number 26) makes a signal with his hand telling Roby to stop following Enunwa. It is difficult to follow a receiver in motion across the formation. As you can see above, Roby is behind Enunwa. The Jets could snap it quickly Youth Doug Middleton Jersey , and Roby would be out of position.Stewart is essentially saying to Roby, “Stay where you are. We are switching assignments. I will now have Enunwa in man coverage.”Taking Enunwa means that Stewart will no longer be able to help against the run. To compensate for this, two linebackers shift over. Brandon Marshall slides over to take Stewart’s old gap, while Josey Jewell slides over to take Marshall’s old gap. (Old gaps are in pink; new gaps are in yellow.)You can see the new gap assignments here. (Marshall’s and Jewell’s changed assignments are in yellow.)You might notice a problem here. The gap between Kelvin Beachum and Eric Tomlinson is unoccupied. Roby did not get the message and continued to follow Enunwa. That was Jewell’s old gap. When Jewell slid over, Roby was supposed to take it.Here’s what the assignment looks like with a lifelike illustration of Roby filling that gap.Stewart was supposed to take over for Roby covering Enunwa man to man. Marshall was supposed to slide to take Stewart’s gap against the run. Jewell was supposed to slide to take Marshall’s gap against the run. Roby was supposed to release Enunwa and take Jewell’s gap against the run.Everybody got the message except Roby, which left a gap undefended.The Jets were quite happy to run the ball into this undefended area.Isaiah Crowell ripped off a 54 yard gain.It is easy for fans to forget there are two teams on the field. A week ago, Jets fans were understandably upset with their defense for all of the blown defensive assignments. Part of the story, however, was that the Jaguars deserved credit for making the Jets pay. Just because the defense messes up doesn’t mean the offense will automatically create a big play. On the same note, the Jets deserve credit here for making Denver pay for a mistake. The Broncos bust this play, but the Jets also block up front very well, and Crowell runs with speed and authority to prevent Denver from covering for its error.In here there is also a lesson about why teams use presnap motion. It frequently forces the defense to adjust its assignments quickly before the snap. That requires quick and effective communication in a high stress setting. It only takes one person to miss the message for disaster to strike.(The motion has another impact. Had the Broncos executed better, the Jets still would have created more favorable matchups against Denver’s defense. If the Jets threw, a safety would be one on one against Enunwa. Against the run, a corner would have to defend rather than a safety.)You might now understand why offenses like Kansas City utilize so many complex presnap motions. The more the defense has to adjust, the greater the odds of a bust.

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