Imagine a football team not being able to use one of their best units late in the game.
That’s been the reality for the Jets through the first two weeks. However, Art the rear of the team was successful against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
“Bris [Hall] and Michael [Carter] and the o-line, they do a really good job of running the football and moving people around, creating lanes,” coach Robert Saleh said. “There’s still a lot of yards to go, too, when you watch tape and from running.
“But we need to give ourselves more opportunities to control the ball and that’s part of how the games shook out towards the end. If we can give ourselves a chance to run the ball for four quarters, we think it’s going to be pretty damn good.”
The Jets are averaging 4.8 yards per rush attempt through two games, which is 10th in the league. Judging by that number, many would expect the Jets to rely heavily on their rushing attack. But it didn’t happen.
The reason is that Gang Green loses games that go into the fourth quarter. This includes 31-30 comeback against the Browns. The Jets had one fourth-quarter carry during that contest, and it was a run by quarterback Joe Flacco for a loss of a yard.
Through the first three quarters, Hall rushed for 50 yards on seven carries, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Carter also contributed as he had 60 yards on 10 carries against the Ravens Week 1.
Meanwhile, Flacco threw the ball 44 times against the Browns. The week before that against the Ravens, Flacco had 59 passes, the most by a Jets quarterback since 2011.
The Jets currently lead the league in passing yards (104). The Bengals, who play Gang Green at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, have the second-most passing yards with 89.
“Garrett, I know what’s going to happen when we run the ball [Wilson]Ilya [Moore] and they all don’t get enough touches,” Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. “It will be a constant struggle. But it’s my responsibility to do what I think is best for this team to win football games and for the strikers to be successful and score points. Every week will be a little different.”
WILSON WINS Rookie of the Week
on Thursday, Wilson earned the honor after his performance against the Browns.
He was named the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Week in Week 2 after catching eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland. It also includes the game-winner from Flacco with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Gang Green their first win of the season.
Through two games, Wilson leads the team in receptions with 12 and 154 yards, behind Corey Davis. While he had great success against the Browns, Wilson said he left some plays on the field.
“In a lot of cases, I could have opened up sooner,” Wilson said. “You don’t want to watch the plays that you do well because the plays that you don’t do will cost you the game down the line, will cost you the reputation down the line.
“Corrections are what we’re really focused on. As a receiver and the standard we hold ourselves to, we expect to go out there, make a play and be good when our number is called.”
The good news for the Jets is that quarterback John Franklin-Myers (toe/quad) has returned to practice after being sidelined Wednesday.
Left tackle George Fant (knee), who also didn’t practice Wednesday, returned Thursday on a limited basis. Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that Fant’s injury is “not a concern” as he is simply getting Veterans Day off to recover.
Tight end CJ Uzoma (hamstring), Jordan Whitehead (calf), Quinen Williams (foot) and defensive end Zach Wilson (knee) were limited.
Wide receiver Davis was placed on the injury report with a knee injury. It also had a limited purpose.