NYJ-NYG Grades: Rookie Leonard Williams dominant in win
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Jets’ 23-20 win over the Giants:
New York Jets
– Ryan Fitzpatrick (+1.4) had a second positive game in a row after a low run previously. This week versus the Giants, Fitzpatrick dropped back 58 times and attempted 50 passes; he was under pressure on 45 percent of those dropbacks, but managed to preform well under pressure, completing 62 percent of his passes for a QB rating over 100. On passes between 10-19 yards, Fitzpatrick was at his best, completing 10-of-13 for 165 and a TD.
– The duo of Leonard Williams (+4.1) and nose tackle Damon Harrison (+3.0) where able to control the Giants’ offensive line in the run game. Combined, they recorded five run stops on 37 run snaps, and consistently beat the blockers to force the running back to make cuts he did not wish to. After a slow middle of the season, it looks like the sixth overall pick, Leonard Williams, is back to his early season form.
– In the third round of the 2015 draft, the Jets selected Lorenzo Mauldin (+2.5), who against the Giants, had his best game for his young career. While Mauldin didn’t record any sacks this week versus the Giants, he was able to cause the Giants’ offensive line issues in the limited snaps he played. If Mauldin can continue to use his speed to cause problems for offenses, then the Jets might have finally figured out their long-term answer for an edge pass rusher.
DL Leonard Williams (+4.1)
WR Brandon Marshall (+3.5)
DL Damon Harrison (+3.0)
CB Antonio Cromartie (+2.7)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (+2.7)
New York Giants
– Eli Manning (-2.3) has always had a reputation of being a hot or cold quarterback; however, we are watching his worst season in the PFF era. Over the course of the year, Manning has a player rating of 54.9, which is tied for 31st (out of 38 QBs who qualify) with Matt Cassel. While the amazing play of young receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (+2.5) takes all the headline, the inconsistent play for Manning is being overlooked. Manning, in particular, has struggled on passes outside the numbers over 10 yards, only completing 33 percent of such passes.
– With Robert Ayers (+5.8) and Jason Pierre-Paul (+3.1), the Giants where able to cause havoc against the Jets’ offensive line—combined they recorded 18 total pressures. When the Giants moved Ayers into a defensive tackle position, he was able to consistently beat both James Carpenter (-1.3 pass blocking grade) and Brian Winters (-2.3) with speed to the outside. Pierre-Paul was moved to the left side to go against right tackle Breno Giacomini (-5.8), who struggled with Pierre-Paul’s bull rush, as he was beaten quickly and often to the quarterback.
– How could it be a Giants’ game without spectacular catches from Odell Beckham Jr. (+2.5)? This week, he managed to take a short slant pass for a 72-yard touchdown (off of a coverage bust); however, that wasn’t even his best grab of the game, as he managed to reel in an overthrown pass with one hand, making it look effortless.
DL Robert Ayers (+5.8)
DL Jason Pierre-Paul (+3.1)
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (+2.5)
FS Landon Collins (+2.2)
LB Jasper Brinkley (+2.0)