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Who Stepped Up, Dropped Off, and Needs More Snaps

Pro Football Focus is one of the best football sites around.they do a fantastic job at breaking down the games and grading out how players play, giving fans an idea of how good or bad their favorite team’s players are. They recently did a feature showcasing which player on each team improved the most from last year, had a down year, and deserves more playing team. Here is what they said about the Jets:

Moving On Up: QB Mark Sanchez (+1.1 to +24.3)

Make no mistake about it, Sanchez wasn’t great this year and came very close to earning a benching. But he improved a great deal after a rookie year where he was beyond terrible for large portions. He still struggles when pressured, but is far better under the blitz than his debut year. He went from completing 53.8% of passes with a 8:8 TD to INT ratio, to completing less passes (51.9%) but picking up 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He’s getting there.

Had a Bad Year: WR Jerricho Cotchery (+18.9 to -3.3)

One of the most consistent receivers over the past few years, it didn’t really work out for Cotchery this year, and it can’t all be blamed on the arrival of Santonio Holmes as he struggled before Holmes saw the field. He dropped eight more passes, saw his yards/catch drop by 4.2 yards and caught 8.1% fewer of the balls thrown his way. Numbers don’t lie in this case. He did have a great performance vs. New England in the playoffs, but that doesn’t excuse a bad regular season.

Give This Guy More Snaps: DL Trevor Pryce (+10.6 from 260 snaps)

When Rex Ryan got Pryce, you expected him to do something more  — with Kris Jenkins down it wasn’t like they couldn’t find ways to get him snaps. But whether it be the excellent play from Shaun Ellis or just not thinking he could upgrade the team, Pryce only managed 260 snaps (including the playoffs). His performance didn’t drop, however, and he showed he still has plenty left — most notably in the AFC Championship game where his explosive burst off the snap caused no end of problems. At 35 and a free agent, Pryce might not be back in the league or with New York, but he proved that he still has it.

Not surprised to see both Sanchez and Cotchery there, but I didn’t expect to see Trevor Pryce up there.I thought he played alright during the season, but didn’t think he did anything that special. Well, I guess I was wrong. Even at 35, he is still getting the job done. If Sean Ellis leaves via free agency, he should be a top priority for the Jets.


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