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Despite the talent along the defensive line, the Jets' secondary has struggled in recent weeks.
The good-but-not unstoppable trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Jake Locker completed 78 percent of their passes for six TDs, zero INTs and a 117.7 QBR against the Jets in the past three weeks.
With top corner Antonio Cromartie either hobbled or ineffective against the Steelers last week, the Jets gave up over eight yards per pass attempt despite a decimated Steelers offensive line.
Kenbrell Thompkins, resident hero from the Pats' last-second victory over New Orleans, will take advantage. With likely bracket coverage on Julian Edelman, the Pats' top target (and the league's fourth-most targeted receiver), Thompkins will get his chances in Week 7.
Though Thompkins is second in the league in dropped passes with six (one behind fellow rookie Tavon Austin), his growth has been steady and continuous over the course of the year. Brady's trust in Thompkins has grown by the week (as evidenced by the decision to throw his way in Week 6 with the game on the line). Expect this week to signal the arrival of Kenbrell Thompkins, once and for all.