Le'Veon Bell
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Michael Nania looks back at some overlooked moments – both good and bad – from the New York Jets in their 30-14 Week 3 loss to New England.

Ryan Griffin‘s blocking

Ryan Griffin found his niche in the Jets offense as a receiver – I sang his praises in that department yesterday. However, his lack of ability as a blocker was a major detriment to the Jets running game. There were a few examples in the team’s blowout loss to New England.

On this play, Griffin takes too hard of an outside angle against Kyle Van Noy, who is standing up wide of the edge. Van Noy throws a hump move to use Griffin’s momentum against him, winning to the inside. What could have been a huge running lane for Le’Veon Bell is clogged, and Bell is forced to cut back into traffic. No gain.

Griffin had a natural advantage with Van Noy lined up so far out wide, but could not take advantage.

Envision what this picture would look like if Griffin had sealed Van Noy outside. Bell would have had an enormous lane with one man to beat.

Le'Veon Bell, Ryan Griffin


Griffin made the same exact mistake against Van Noy later in the game, leading to a five-yard loss for Bell. This time, Van Noy simply side-steps inside rather than using physicality, which is clearly an adjustment based on his awareness of how Griffin attempted to block him earlier.

Always keep in mind how essential a role that tight ends play in the running game. The effectiveness of their block is just as important as that of each individual on the offensive line.

Finding sustained success on the ground takes a high-quality effort from everybody.

Brian Poole‘s big game


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