New York Jets

New York Jets: Offensive Grades

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 16:  Brett Ratliff #5 of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines in a pre-season NFL game against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium, August 16, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Signature SportsCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

Jets 09 Report:


QB: C+

A lot of potential at this position but also a lot of questions. There will be a 3 way competition in camp, but it'll only really be between 2 players, Brett Ratliff and Kellen Clemens.

Brett Ratliff:
Arm Strength-B+
Decision Making-C
Summary—He's been the talk of camp the last year and a half. All of the coaches and players love him. He's very big at 6'4" and has a cannon for an arm. He has no experience in games, but he has been learning from Pennington and Favre for the last 2 years in the organization. He is the favorite to win the starting job.

Kellen Clemens:
Arm Strength-B+
Decision Making-C-
Summary—He was drafted as the QB of the Jets future, but he hasn't lived up to the hype. He showed some promise when he came in for an injured Chad Pennington in 2006, but towards the end of the year he really mellowed out. He's been in a camp competition 2 years in a row and hasn't won either of them, so unless he showed real improvement over the offseason, I would expect him to still be the backup.

Eric Ainge:
Arm Strength-C
Decision Making-C
Summary—The Jets say he's in the competition, but he really doesn't have a shot. He's shown enough to stay on the team, but that's about it. He was a late round pick and mainly drafted as a backup. That's what he'll be again this season.


This 1-2 punch with Jones and Washington is outstanding. This is one of the best running back duo's in the league. Leon will not be on PR's this year so he can get more carries in the offense. Carries should be close to 50/50 this year, with Chatman coming in every once in awhile on 3rd downs.

Thomas Jones:
Summary—TJ is a great between the tackles runner. He has one of the best stiff arms in the NFL and can really freeze defenders with a stutter step. He's great at setting up blockers and is great at finding the whole. He broke out last season and he should be even more effective this season with a more open offense.

Leon Washington:
Summary—Leon has the potential to be the next Marshall Faulk. He said in an interview that he wants to revolutionize the game the way Gayle Sayers did. Along with being the most agile player in the league, Leon also has good power and ability to run between the tackles. He lead the league in 40+ yard plays, despite only being a part time player. He will be used much more, getting more carries, being used more on screens, etc. Look for Leon to make a huge impact this season.

Jesse Chatman:
Summary—He won't be used much but he can still have a big impact. He's almost like a receiver playing RB. He'll be used in 3rd and long situations and used in screens when he's in the game.

O-Line: B+

This O-Line was revamped last season with offseason additions of Alan Faneca and Damien Woody. This year we released RG Brandon Moore to try to sign Chris Kemoeatu, but when we couldn't sign him we resigned Moore. This O-Line will be the exact same unit as last season. The one main problem with this line is depth. Look for the Jets to address that issue in the draft.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson:
Pass Blocking-A
Run Blocking-C+
Summary—Last year he emerged as one of the best pass blockers in the league, especially towards the end of the year...He should improve even more this year. He gained another 10 pounds again this offseason to try to further improve his run blocking, which is not his strength. He has improved in that category though, and he should improve even more this season.

Alan Faneca:
Pass Blocking-B
Run Blocking-A
Summary—He's one of the most respected O-Linemen in the game today. He's the Jets pulling guard. When we ran a trap right with Faneca pulling last season, the Jets averaged over 6.5 YPC. That's their money running play. He's getting up there in age, but there's no doubt he'll be just as effective this year as he was in a Pro Bowl year last year.

Nick Mangold:
Pass Blocking-A
Run Blocking-A
Summary—He's the best C in the NFL. He handled Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth last year with ease. We didn't even double team either one of those. Wilfork has just recently stated that Mangold was the toughest player he's ever had to play against. There's nothing bad about Mangold, he's outstanding in everything he does.

Brandon Moore:
Pass Blocking-C+
Run Blocking-A
Summary—He's a monster run blocker, but a really bad pass blocker. Usually he needs Mangold to help bail him out in pass blocking. But he has such a big push in run blocking that if we run behind him it's almost a guaranteed 4 yards.

Damien Woody:
Pass Blocking-C
Run Blocking-A
Summary—He's a lot like Moore. He's a monster run blocker, but not a great pass blocker. He gets beat to the outside a lot. The only good thing is he's a RT and we don't have a lefty QB. He, Moore, and Mangold together make this one of the best sides to run behind in the NFL. But along with that comes a bad side of pass blocking. He is very vulnerable to blitzes and we usually have to keep a RB in the backfield to block.

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