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20. Robert Malone
The offseason pickup of punter Robert Malone has worked out so far this year. He is consistently capable of punts longer than 50 yards. The punt block on Sunday was not his fault, as a defender came unabated up the middle.
19. Shonn Greene
Starting running back Shonn Greene is having a mediocre year so far despite a couple of solid games. He had a career game against the Indianapolis Colts but has for the most part been held below 100 yards per game.
After a solid game on Sunday (5.1 yards per rush), Jets fans can hope that he will continue to improve.
18.* Bilal Powell
In Tony Sparano's new power system, Powell is doing better than starting running back Shonn Greene. Powell was unable to play on Sunday with a shoulder injury. However, he is expected back after the bye week. Expect his reps to continue to increase.
17. Stephen Hill
Second-round pick and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill dealt with injuries earlier in the season but is healthy now. In his first two full games in the NFL he caught touchdown receptions.
Hill has obvious promise and talent but needs to avoid drops. He has had multiple prominent drops so far in his young career.
16. LaRon Landry
Strong safety LaRon Landry was a big this offseason in free agency, replacing the heavily criticized Eric Smith in the starting lineup.
Landry racked up as many tackles as Yeremiah Bell and David Harris in the first seven weeks of the season. Landry also has a forced fumble, an interception and a defensive touchdown.
The Jets are in a better situation this year with Landry and Bell than they have been in recent years.
15.* Kenrick Ellis
Backup nose tackle Kenrick Ellis is developing but is still a fairly raw talent. He has tremendous physical ability and would have been a first-round pick in 2011 if not for his legal troubles. The Jets snagged him in the third round, and he improved a lot in his first offseason in 2012.
Ellis is dealing with an MCL injury but could be back in three or four weeks. His presence will be needed, especially if Sione Pouha does not get healthier.
14. Quinton Coples
Rookie defensive end Quinton Coples is another player who is quietly having a strong season. He is above average against both the run and the pass and is earning playing time as part of a very deep defensive line.
13.* Dustin Keller
You need only your eyes to see the impact of tight end Dustin Keller on quarterback Mark Sanchez. Without his tight end, he has trouble finding open receivers. Keller is a poor blocker but is undeniably an above average pass catcher and route runner. Unfortunately, he has been dealing with a hamstring injury since Week 1.
12. David Harris
Harris has been a mainstay at the middle linebacker spot for the Jets for a long time. He is a defensive leader and reliable player. He deserved to be a Pro Bowler in each of the past three years.
This year, however, has been a down year for him. He is not pressuring quarterbacks and is not flying around the field as much as he used to. With 57 combined tackles—37 individual and 20 assisted—he remains Top 15 in the NFL at tackling. However, he is not making turnovers and sacks happen. At No. 12, Harris is still good but no longer great (at least right now).
11. Mike DeVito
Defensive end Mike DeVito is quietly having a nice season. Surprisingly enough, he is the third-ranked player on the Jets defense this season. With multiple injuries to the defensive line, DeVito has played both inside and outside.