Jets Undercover MVP: Mike DeVito

The New York Jets defensive lineman don’t get nearly enough credit that they deserve. Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha, and Mike DeVito have played great all year long, but rarely got any praise. Devito got the least amount of respect of all the three and is rarely known by most casual fans. However, Pro Football Focus has noticed the excellent play of Devito and named him the undercover MVP of the New York Jets.

But this swagger wouldn’t be possible without some quiet play up front. Last season we were massively impressed with the play of two linemen most people hadn’t heard of: Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito. While Pouha has still been good, his form has regressed a touch from last season. DeVito, however, continues to be one of the most consistently impressive run-stuffing 3-4 defensive ends in the game.

In truth, it’s a little more complicated than that. The Jets operate maybe the game’s only true hybrid defense, switching between three and four-man defensive lines constantly. Last season we classified DeVito as a defensive tackle, because he saw more snaps as a DT in a 4-3 front than he did in a 3-4.

This season the reverse is true — he has seen more snaps as a 3-4 end. But regardless of the exact position and technique within the Jets scheme, one thing has remained constant — DeVito can stop the run. Last season he was our No. 8 graded DT, a fairly ridiculous achievement given he played just 315 snaps. This season, in an expanded role, he is our 7th ranked 3-4 DE in 552 snaps, but trails only San Francisco’s Justin Smith vs. the run.

You can read more of their analysis here.


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