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2020 has been one of the worst seasons in Jets’ franchise history, but that has not prevented a handful of players on New York’s roster from coming into their own.The Jets have seen plenty of players impress on offense, defense and special teams so far this season. These players don’t generate many headlines, but have done nothing but produce and thrive in their individual roles for New York.Here are four Jets players who have quietly impressed in 2020.

Braxton Berrios

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Braxton Berrios arrived at training camp this summer as a safe bet to make the Jets’ 53-man roster as a return man. Through New York’s first nine games, though, Berrios has proven he is much more than just a special teamer.Working mostly out of the slot, Berrios has totaled 24 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. The Miami product is averaging less than 10 yards per reception. but has functioned as a valuable security blanket on underneath routes for Sam Darnold — especially in games where the Jets were without Jamison Crowder because of injury.Berrios’ role is reduced when Crowder is on the field, but he still finds ways to make positive contributions. It never hurts to have solid depth at wide receiver, and Berrios has quietly been a key piece of New York’s receiver room in 2020.

Foley Fatukasi
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It didn’t take long for Foley Fatukasi to make his presence felt once a starting spot on the Jets’ defensive line opened up.Fatukasi stepped in at defensive tackle following the Steve McLendon trade and has done nothing but produce in New York’s last three games, totaling 16 tackles and a forced fumble over that span. It’s a small sample size, but an impressive one nonetheless.With Quinnen Williams and now Fatukasi taking on a prominent role in the Jets’ defense, New York could be set with two promising maulers in the trenches entering 2021. Fatukasi is going to have to prove he can consistently produce over an extended period of time, but he has the makings of future force as a run-stuffing defensive tackle.

Tarell Basham

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It’s safe to say Tarell Basham’s string of standout performances to end 2019 was not a fluke — they were a sign of things to come.Basham has made a profound impact through New York’s first nine games of 2020, registering 19 tackles, seven quarterback hits, four TFLs, two sacks and a forced fumble. His playing time has steadily increased each week and he has made the most of his opportunities to get after quarterbacks for Gregg Williams.Basham is not necessarily the second coming of John Abraham, but he is a solid pass rusher. The Jets haven’t had many of those recently, making Basham all the more valuable to this year’s team.

Braden Mann

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Punters seldom get any sort of love, but it is nearly impossible to ignore what Braden Mann has accomplished for the Jets as a rookie.Mann has quickly established himself as one of the NFL’s best young punters, frequently flipping field position in New York’s favor and pinning opponents inside their own 20. Mann has had more opportunities to showcase his leg than any punter in the league thanks to Gang Green’s sputtering offense and the Texas A&M product has made the most of every single one.Don’t look now, but the Jets have a rising star in their special teams room. It might be an indictment on the Jets that their punter has been one of its best players in 2020, but that should not detract from how impactful Mann has been.

https://jetswire.usatoday.com/lists/new-york-jets-2020-players-who-have-quietly-impressed-braxton-berrios-braden-mann/

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Quinnen Williams as only a 2nd year player has began to impress as well. 

He's already developed into a top 5 NFL DT/NT @ the raw age of only 22. 

4th in tackles for loss behind the Line of Scrimmage amongst all DT's/NT's. 

6th in sacks amongst all DT's/NT's. 

8th in tackles amongst all DT/NT's (only 8 tackles away from #1). 

He's going to become a nightmare for many of years to cone. 

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Only guy I agree with is Fatukasi.  He has been really good when he has been in there.  

I don't get all the Braden Mann love.  He is 20th in the league in punting average.  Jets are 28th in league in net punting avg.  He has been an average punter at best.  Can't say I have been overly impressed.  

Berrios is a jag.  He has been okay, backing up Crowder, but nothing special.  And has added little as a returner this year.  Meh.

Basham, an edge rusher with 2 sacks.  19 tackles.  He has been okay, but not impressive.  

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Berriso has been okay but he is what he is, a #5 Wr and only okay return guy.

Fatukasi has if anything to me been a bit disappointing.  He was really good last year and I thought he was going to take another step.  He has not been lousy but not great.

Bashum better but not earth shattering.

Mann is the most overrated player on the team right now by the fans.

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New York Jets: The confusing case of Braxton Berrios

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 Kyle Newman
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 11/14/2020
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Braxton Berrios #10 of the New York Jets takes the field against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have tried to get Braxton Berrios going on offense all year, often with better options on the field. Why?

Kyle Newman

Braxton Berrios has become a household name for New York Jets fans this year. He’s started four games at slot receiver and he’s led the team in targets in three games.

As the backup slot receiver, Berrios has been a big part of Adam Gase‘s offense with Jamison Crowder dealing with injury issues, and that’s a problem. Berrios wouldn’t be seeing the field for any other NFL team.

Is his role really because of the talent deficit this team faces? Berrios has played games with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims and still seen the most targets, so it’s not likely. It’s likely that Gase has just refused to change his scheme.

That’s inexplicable considering the Jets already knew that Berrios wasn’t an NFL caliber receiver going into the season.

Struggles as a receiver

Braxton Berrios has never been a good receiver. Even dating back to his days at the University of Miami, Berrios just never had a feel for offense. In his best college season, Berrios put up just 679 yards receiving, though he did have nine touchdowns.

Berrios was a sixth-round draft pick in 2018 by the New England Patriots and spent the season on injured reserve. He was cut the next offseason and scooped up by the Jets.

Berrios immediately won the punt returner job and that was his sole role for the majority of the season. He only played 8% of offensive snaps. He put up just six receptions for 115 yards, but even those numbers are deceiving.

Berrios had one reception for 69 yards, a slant against the Oakland Raiders. Take that away and he has five receptions for just 46 yards. Those are abysmal numbers.

Despite that, the Jets have decided that Berrios is going to be an integral part of their offense this season. It made sense in some instances when Jamison Crowder missed games, but the Jets took it way too far.

Crowder missed four games this season, Berrios was targeted 30 times in those games for just 192 yards, or just 6.4 yards per target. That mark is among the worst in the NFL.

Berrios is one of the few receivers in the NFL who have more yards before the catch than they do after the catch. He’s one of the least dynamic receivers in the NFL.

Berrios is second on the team in targets, receptions, and yards. The only receiver on the team with fewer yards per reception is Chris Hogan. Yet, the Jets continue to force-feed him the ball as if he’s a dynamic player.

This is another example of how Adam Gase’s scheme is so inflexible that the players don’t matter, only the role. It doesn’t matter who plays slot receiver or how good they are. If they play in the slot, they are going to see a high volume of targets. End of story.

That works when Jamison Crowder is putting up career numbers or Jarvis Landry is playing in the slot. It doesn’t work with Braxton Berrios.

Struggles on Special Teams

Berrios is even worse on special teams. He made his mark in 2019 by being a consistent returner. He didn’t break any for big gains, but he finished second in the league in yards per return. That was enough for the Jets to give him the job uncontested for 2020. That’s turned out to be a huge mistake.

So far this season, Berrios is averaging just 6.7 yards per return and has a long just 11 yards. He averaged 11.4 yards per return in 2019.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Berrios isn’t dynamic in space. He never has been. Even when in college Berrios only averaged 10.4 yards per return in his career. He has the speed and agility to make people miss when he gets a lane, but he struggles to get his own yards.

That was fine in 2019 when the Jets were playing one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, but it hasn’t worked in 2020 against much stiffer competition. Yet, the Jets trot him out there week in and week out. They’ve even given him a chance as a kick returner on top of his punt return duties.

The sad thing is, they don’t have a choice. Nobody else on the roster has experience as a successful return man in their career. That’s what happens when a team predetermines a role and doesn’t bring in any competition.

They’re stuck with one of the worst punt returners in the NFL.

 

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With Mann as the exception, none of these guys are expected to be stars. But the Jets need competent subs as well. If they provide positive contributions as rotating players, then they belong on the roster. If this year has shown anything, it is that the subs have not been able to fill in for injured players. 
 

Mann needs more time on task before a judgment can be made. 

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2 hours ago, addage said:

With Mann as the exception, none of these guys are expected to be stars. But the Jets need competent subs as well. If they provide positive contributions as rotating players, then they belong on the roster. If this year has shown anything, it is that the subs have not been able to fill in for injured players. 
 

Mann needs more time on task before a judgment can be made. 

agreed !  8-).. it's still kinda early yet    :eusa_shifty:

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New York Jets: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

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 Kyle Newman
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 11/14/2020
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Braxton Berrios #10 of the New York Jets takes the field against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have tried to get Charles Dexter Ward going on offense all year, often with better options on the field. Why?

Kyle Newman

Charles Dexter Ward has become a household name for New York Jets fans this year. He’s started four games at slot receiver and he’s led the team in targets in three games.

As the backup slot receiver, Ward has been a big part of Adam Gase‘s offense with Jamison Crowder dealing with injury issues, and that’s a problem. Ward wouldn’t be seeing the field for any other NFL team.

Is his role really because of the talent deficit this team faces? Ward has played games with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims and still seen the most targets, so it’s not likely. It’s likely that Gase has just refused to change his scheme.

That’s inexplicable considering the Jets already knew that Ward wasn’t an NFL caliber receiver going into the season.

Struggles as a receiver

Charles Dexter Ward has never been a good receiver. Even dating back to his days at the University of Miami, Ward just never had a feel for offense. In his best college season, Berrios put up just 679 yards receiving, though he did have nine touchdowns.

Ward was a sixth-round draft pick in 2018 by the New England Patriots and spent the season on injured reserve. He was cut the next offseason and scooped up by the Jets.

Ward immediately won the punt returner job and that was his sole role for the majority of the season. He only played 8% of offensive snaps. He put up just six receptions for 115 yards, but even those numbers are deceiving.

Ward had one reception for 69 yards, a slant against the Oakland Raiders. Take that away and he has five receptions for just 46 yards. Those are abysmal numbers.

Despite that, the Jets have decided that Ward is going to be an integral part of their offense this season. It made sense in some instances when Jamison Crowder missed games, but the Jets took it way too far.

Crowder missed four games this season, Berrios was targeted 30 times in those games for just 192 yards, or just 6.4 yards per target. That mark is among the worst in the NFL.

Ward is one of the few receivers in the NFL who have more yards before the catch than they do after the catch. He’s one of the least dynamic receivers in the NFL.

Ward is second on the team in targets, receptions, and yards. The only receiver on the team with fewer yards per reception is Chris Hogan. Yet, the Jets continue to force-feed him the ball as if he’s a dynamic player.

This is another example of how Adam Gase’s scheme is so inflexible that the players don’t matter, only the role. It doesn’t matter who plays slot receiver or how good they are. If they play in the slot, they are going to see a high volume of targets. End of story.

That works when Jamison Crowder is putting up career numbers or Jarvis Landry is playing in the slot. It doesn’t work with Braxton Berrios.

Struggles on Special Teams

Ward is even worse on special teams. He made his mark in 2019 by being a consistent returner. He didn’t break any for big gains, but he finished second in the league in yards per return. That was enough for the Jets to give him the job uncontested for 2020. That’s turned out to be a huge mistake.

So far this season, Ward is averaging just 6.7 yards per return and has a long just 11 yards. He averaged 11.4 yards per return in 2019.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ward isn’t dynamic in space. He never has been. Even when in college Berrios only averaged 10.4 yards per return in his career. He has the speed and agility to make people miss when he gets a lane, but he struggles to get his own yards.

That was fine in 2019 when the Jets were playing one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, but it hasn’t worked in 2020 against much stiffer competition. Yet, the Jets trot him out there week in and week out. They’ve even given him a chance as a kick returner on top of his punt return duties.

The sad thing is, they don’t have a choice. Nobody else on the roster has experience as a successful return man in their career. That’s what happens when a team predetermines a role and doesn’t bring in any competition.

But he did not faint, and that man of unholy centuries and forbidden secrets never troubled the world again. The madness out of time subsides, and the case of Charles Dexter Ward was closed. Opening his eyes before staggering out of that room of horror, Dr. Willet saw what he had kept in memory had not been kept amiss. There had, as he had predicted, been no need for acids. For like his accursed picture a year before, Joseph Curwen now lay scattered on the floor as a thin coating of bluish grey dust.

They’re stuck with one of the worst punt returners in the NFL.

 

It's a pretty horrifying read. 

 

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