New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills: Full Roster Report Card Grades for New York
The addition of Ed Reed grabbed plenty of headlines this week, but he had a minimal effect on the game. The Jets continued to allow big plays through the air, while Geno Smith threw three interceptions in what may have been his worst game of the season.
It may be easy to pin this loss on the quarterback and a few members of the secondary, but the truth is that every player had a hand in this loss.
Here are this week's roster grades for Week 11.
Geno Smith: D
Smith had one of his worst games of the season, despite having several offensive weapons back from injury. His three interceptions put the Jets in a hole that they could not get out of.
In his defense, he was working behind a porous offensive line and was playing from behind for the entire game.
Still, the fact that Geno has regressed over the past few weeks is concerning and a stark reminder that he was a second-round pick for a reason.
Matt Simms: B
His performance against a relaxed defense in garbage time should be taken with a grain of salt, but he was able to get the Jets a second touchdown in his first drive. If anything, Simms proved that he can be relied on to be the Jets' backup.
Chris Ivory: B
Ivory was relatively quiet for most of the game, but he was not given great run blocking to aide his cause. He showed some resilience when he ripped off a 70-yard run against a sleeping Bills defense late in the game to pad his stats.
Bilal Powell: C
He only had five carries, but he did average 5.4 yards on the day. Like Ivory, Powell did not have tremendous blocking to work with.
Santonio Holmes: B
Holmes only had two catches, but they were the two biggest passing plays of the game, as he averaged over 35 yards per catch. He made a fantastic adjustment on a desperate heave from Geno Smith.
The Jets need more players on the field like Holmes, who should only get healthier with time.
Stephen Hill: F
Hill has not caught a pass since the game against the Bengals on October 27th, which was a late grab in garbage time. Hill has been a complete non-factor for weeks, which has been a big reason why the Jets have struggled to move the ball through the air so much.
David Nelson: D
Nelson's revenge game against his former team was not as gratifying as he imagined. Nelson saw much less playing time with Holmes back in the fold and only caught one pass as a result.
Greg Salas: B-
In limited opportunities, Salas has shown off some ability with two receptions for 32 yards. Salas is an upgrade in depth over what they had in Clyde Gates.
Jeff Cumberland: C+
In his return from a concussion, Cumberland did not make an impact on this game until he made a few grabs in garbage time, including Matt Simms' first professional touchdown pass.
Like the other receivers, Cumberland's lack of productivity can be traced to problems at the quarterback position.
Kellen Winslow: C-
Winslow had a quiet return from suspension, but his only catch did produce a big 17-yard play.
Pass Protection: F
The Jets' inability to protect their quarterback was the root of their offensive problems. Geno Smith was hit early and often, and it had an obvious effect on his rhythm and confidence. Smith was sacked four times and hit eight times.
The Jets were getting beat on exotic blitzes, as Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine appeared to have figured out the Jets' protection schemes. They were also beat in several one-on-one situations, as rookie left guard Brian Winters had trouble holding off Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus all day long.
This area must improve drastically if the Jets plan on winning any more games this year.
Run Blocking: D
While they were not quite as bad in the run game as they were in protection, there is still plenty of room for improvement in this area.
Neither running back had a lot of room to work with, as most of the yards appeared to have come after contact. Had it not been for a late 70-yard run by Chris Ivory, the Jets' rushing numbers would have been beyond dismal.
After a strong day against the Saints, this was a big step back against a much tougher front.
Damon Harrison: A
Harrison did not make many splash plays, but run defense was one of the few things the Jets did well in the game, and Harrison is a big reason why.
With this nine-tackle performance, he has yet to turn in a bad game this season.
Muhammad Wilkerson: A-
Wilkerson was not as dominant as a pass-rusher as he usually is and did not record a sack, but he was very active as a run defender. He made a huge tackle for loss that blew up a running play on his own.
Sheldon Richardson: A-
Like Wilkerson, the rookie underwhelmed a bit as a pass-rusher but he was very active in all other facets of the game.
Richardson was particularly dominant on outside runs and screens, where he chased down running backs who weigh about 80 pounds less than him.
Leger Douzable: C
Douzable was finally noticed, but for the wrong reason. He had a costly neutral zone infraction penalty on a punt that gave the Bills new life on a drive, costing the Jets seven points.
Other than his one gaffe, he was solid defending the run in a rotational role with one tackle.
David Harris: B+
Harris was very active in the run game, totaling nine tackles (five solo) and was not abused in coverage as he was in his last meeting with the Bills.
Demario Davis: A-
Outside of allowing a few completions to Scott Chandler, Demario Davis had a stellar game, leading the team with 10 tackles. He was active chasing down screens and outside runs to contain the Bills' running game.
He was also effective as a blitzer, recording a quarterback hit.
Quinton Coples: C+
This was a rather quiet game for Coples, who joins his fellow defensive linemen in not being a terror as a pass-rusher but was more than stout defending the run.
Coples is far from a liability, but they need him to start producing sacks like a first-round pick, as the Jets have been far too reliant on the interior defensive linemen to rush the passer.
Calvin Pace: B
Antonio Cromartie: F
It is the beginning of the end of Antonio Cromartie's tenure in New York. Cromartie was burned by Marquise Goodwin for a touchdown, which is becoming more of a normalcy in his game than an aberration.
Dee Milliner's struggles have been well-documented, but he has the excuse of being a young rookie. For Cromartie, there is a clear decline in his skills. Barring an unprecedented improvement in his play, he will not be back next season.
Dee Milliner: D
Milliner was hardly much better than Cromartie; he struggled finding the ball on deep passes and was picked on while covering receivers that were not the Bills' usual starters.
He did break up one pass, but it was on a sideline route that was one of the easiest passes to defend in football.
Kyle Wilson: C
Wilson was the "best" of the Jets cornerbacks, as he did not allow any huge plays while covering in the slot. Still, he allowed a handful of first-down conversions that prevented the defense from getting off the field.
Ed Reed: B
Reed did get the start over Antonio Allen, but he did not have a huge impact on the game, particularly in coverage. He was not thrown at often and did not even play on several key downs.
He did, however, make a few nice plays in the run game, recognizing screens and misdirections.
Antonio Allen: C+
Allen did not get as much playing time because of Reed's insertion to the lineup, but he did a solid job keeping Scott Chandler in check and did not allow any big plays against him. However, he let up a few too many short completions.
Dawan Landry: B
Landry looked as aggressive as ever this season, making big hits and roaming the field with authority. He played much closer to the line of scrimmage with Reed in the mix, and it showed. He finished with eight tackles.
Jaiquawn Jarrett: C+
Jarrett only played on a handful of snaps, recording three tackles in the process. Expect his role to decrease every week as Reed gets more acclimated.
Nick Folk: C
The streak is over. Nick Folk missed his first kick of the season, as swirling winds in Buffalo caused his only field goal attempt to go far right. In his defense, the winds were so ferocious he hardly had a chance to make the kick.
He was at least perfect on his extra points and only allowed one 26-yard kick return.
Ryan Quigley: C+
Quigley was also the victim of some howling winds, but he has yet to prove the Jets right in their decision to go with him over Robert Malone. He shanked one punt, but he did pin another inside the 20 to keep his job for at least one more week.
Josh Cribbs: B
Cribbs pushed his luck on his kick returns, taking several out he should not have, costing the Jets precious yardage. In his defense, he may have been just trying to make a play with the game out of hand.
He did, however, redeem himself with a quality 16-yard punt return.