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5 NY Jets players who disappointed in preseason win over Packers

Marcus Maye was among the NY Jets' least impressive players in their preseason win over Green Bay.
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Which New York Jets players failed to impress in Green Bay?

The New York Jets claimed a 23-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to improve their preseason record to 2-0.

While New York’s second consecutive preseason win featured plenty of stars (particularly on the offensive side of the ball), there were a decent number of question marks that arose from the game.

Here are a few players who had concerning performances in Wisconsin.

Bryce Huff

Second-year edge rusher Bryce Huff will be under the microscope this season as he attempts to help the Jets survive the loss of Carl Lawson.

Huff had a great preseason debut against the Giants last week, recording two sacks, but he was quiet in his first game following Lawson’s injury. Over 18 pass-rush snaps, Huff recorded just one pressure. He also had zero tackles over 15 snaps against the run and sometimes struggled to hold the edge.

Isaiah Dunn

Undrafted rookie cornerback Isaiah Dunn made his preseason debut after an offseason in which he has performed well, earning first-team reps at times.

Dunn struggled a bit in his first professional action. He was targeted five times and allowed three catches for 41 yards and two first downs. One of the two incompletions was dropped by the intended target.

Marcus Maye

Marcus Maye did not look like his usual self in Green Bay. He was credited with a team-high two missed tackles.

In coverage, Maye and Bryce Hall both appeared to be partially at fault for giving up a six-yard touchdown catch to tight end Jace Sternberger. Maye was probably more at fault, though. Hall was in a tough spot where he had to defend both Sternberger’s corner route and a receiver in the flat.

Maye was playing the deep-half to Sternberger’s side and had no other threats in his area, so it looked like he should have been able to get over and make a play on the ball.

Corey Levin

Corey Levin has a good chance to earn a roster spot as a versatile backup interior offensive lineman, especially after Alex Lewis‘ retirement. He has to start playing better if he is going to take advantage of that opportunity.

Levin allowed two pressures (1 sack, 1 hit) over just 13 snaps in pass protection. He earned a pass-blocking grade of 34.3 at Pro Football Focus.

Through two games, Levin has a pass-blocking grade of 15.1. That is the worst mark in the preseason thus far among guards with at least 40 pass-blocking snaps as of the completion of Saturday’s games.

Jonathan Marshall

Jonathan Marshall had a shaky encore performance after his crowd-pleasing debut that featured two half-sacks.

Marshall did a solid job in the passing game. While he had zero pressures, he recorded two pass-rush wins. His pass-rush win rate of 15.4% ranked at the 74th percentile among qualified interior defensive linemen in Week 2 of the preseason as of Sunday morning.

It was in the run game where Marshall had a rough outing. He played a big role in the Jets’ inability to stop the run, posting a team-low 27.8 run defense grade at PFF over 20 snaps against the run. That stands as the worst single-game run defense grade by any qualified interior defensive linemen in the preseason thus far.

Marshall’s incredible athleticism appears to be translating to the NFL. He is getting off the ball in a hurry and making noise in the passing game.

However, the point-of-attack issues that showed up on Marshall’s Arkansas tape also seem to be translating. He had issues with defending the run in college, struggling with anchoring down, two-gapping, and handling combo blocks.

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Braden Bethwaite
Braden Bethwaite
2 years ago

Yeah. that wasn’t a great effort from Maye was it, he might have his mind on other things? Just saying…

2 years ago

Huff , Dunn, & Marshall all UNDFA’s have upsides, hopefully the Packers were part of the growth process.