Although New York Jets has been one of the worst teams in the NFL over the course of the season, most of the teams around the league have replenished their youth.
In particular, the draft class of 2021 seems to be a resounding success for Joe Douglas with original six layers from reputable analysts A- and up and some leads that look like first-year successes. Some of those names include LG Alijah Vera-Tucker, WR Elijah Moore, RB Michael Carter, DB Michael Carter II and CB Brandin Echols.
That doesn’t even take into account QB Zach Wilson, who show many faces in his rookie campaign. It also removed LBs Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen, who were injured, DB Jason Pinnock and DT Jonathan Marshall.
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Power rating ignores jet
The only problem, not a single jet was listed in Miller’s top 25 after Week 16.
Look, we’re not asking for three or four names in this ranking but it’s pretty hard to believe that one of this season’s best draft character classes isn’t mentioned. Ever heard of Moore, Mr. Miller? How about AVT or either Carters?
It’s important to mention that the PFN writer doesn’t seem to take certain positions seriously. For example, not a single rerun has made his top 25, not even the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Najee Harris, who is currently forced for wednesday in the offensive Rookie of the Year odds.
Sorry MC1, if Harris isn’t on the list, that means you’re not either.
Also featuring only one full-back, the New England Patriots take on Mac Jones in 6th place. It’s a debate for another day but the stats back up the argument here.
That made the three main characters of the NYJ hated: Moore, Vera-Tucker, and MC2.
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Which rookies deserve the Top 25?
Carter the nickelback started the year really strong but he had a tough second half according to Pro Football Focus. As of Week 9, his highest overall score was 61.9 against Philadelphia and both his defensive score and range of defense have plummeted.
I have to agree with Miller on MC2 at this point. That leaves the left guard punished and the wide receiver flashy.
The attack specialist had a place in this hierarchy of power. In fact, there are two stoppers in the top 5 (Creed Humphrey and Rashawn Slater) and two others in the top 25 (Trey Smith and Penei Sewell).
Vera-Tucker is not one of them, despite her permission just two more QB pressure than Smith (No. 11) of the year, surrounded by a weaker supporting cast than blockers. Daniel Jeremiah recently labeled the first-round pick as “Longtime Professional Player” and he looks like one of the better Jets players – period.
It’s surprising that he didn’t make the list of Miller’s 5 to 10 worst names.
The biggest shocker was Moore. As NYJ Matt notes In his tweet, by direct comparison, Ole Miss’s product easily surpassed New York Giants’ wide receiver Kadarius Toney (no.
- Moore: 11 games, 538 yards received, 54 yards forward, six touches total, first 27 knocks total, 12.5 yards per catch, 48.9 yards per game, catch rate 55.8%.
- Toney: 10 games, 420 yards received, six peaks, zero touches total, first 21 knocks total, 10.8 yards per catch, 42.0 yards per game, catch rate ball 68.4%.
Both were injured but the Florida production didn’t beat the Jets WR in an individual category other than catch rate. Moore’s excellent mid season also tied with Jaylen Waddle and Ja’Marr Chase, both of whom top the top 10. From Weeks 7-13, the broads scored a total of six touchdowns with 67.4 receipts per game.
On the off-season, his PFF score is second only to Carter (RB) in terms of Jets rookies at 71.2, and the main factor lowering that score was blocking his run.
Some other questionable names in Miller’s power rankings that have surpassed AVT and Moore are: Christian Barmore (NE), Kwity Paye (IND), Eric Stokes (GB), Trevon Moehrig (LV), Odafe Oweh (BAL), ), Pat Freiermuth (PIT), Azeez Ojulari (NYG) and Alim McNeill (DET).
Nothing against these rookies, but each of them have less impressive stats or lower PFF scores than Moore, and Vera-Tucker has a few of them beat as well. As usual, the Jet Force is not respected – I mean, even the Lions have two names on this list.
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