The NFL’s ninth Sunday of the 2021 season was a wild one for former New York Jets players, who constantly popped off the screen throughout the day. Some stood out in good ways while others did not.
Le’Veon Bell lands in the positive category. He had his best game of the season in the Ravens’ 34-31 overtime win over the Vikings. Bell received a season-high 11 carries and turned them into a season-best 48 yards, also scoring his second touchdown of the season to give Baltimore a lead late in the fourth quarter.
Le’Veon Bell punches in the TD as the Ravens (-300 ML) come back from down 24-10 to take a 30-24 lead over the Vikings. #RavensFlock (via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/4GODEN3YTA
— TSN EDGE (@TSN_Edge) November 7, 2021
Bell has played in four games for the Ravens, averaging 7.0 carries for 20.9 yards.
A three-year Jets tight end (2016-18), Eric Tomlinson became infamous among New York fans for his untimely penalties as a blocker. He had five penalties in the 2018 season.
Tomlinson’s penalty-proneness showed up at the worst time for Baltimore on Sunday. The now-Ravens tight end committed a holding penalty with just over two minutes left in overtime that pulled the Ravens out of range for a potential game-winning field goal attempt.
Luckily, Baltimore would get the yardage back to set up yet another game-sealer for Justin Tucker.
Frankie Luvu brought some energy as a situational edge rusher for the Jets and is doing the same in Carolina. He recovered a Mac Jones fumble courtesy of a strip-sack by Brian Burns.
Burns takes down Mac Jones and Luvu recovers
📺: CBS pic.twitter.com/htMtFu50P2
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 7, 2021
Luvu has played no more than approximately 25% of the Panthers’ defensive snaps in most of his games this season, but he has a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass deflection, 1.5 sacks, and four tackles for loss.
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Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
Luvu was the only former Jet who have a fun Sunday in Charlotte. Robby Anderson and Sam Darnold continued to tumble further into the doldrums.
Darnold completed 16-of-33 passes for 172 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions in Carolina’s 24-6 defeat. He has gone three straight games without a touchdown pass and five straight games with a sub-70.0 passer rating.
On the season, Darnold owns a 71.3 passer rating, which is a career-low. It is the worst mark in the NFL among qualified non-rookie quarterbacks.
Head coach Matt Rhule has seemingly had enough of the former Jet.
Matt Rhule: “I don’t want to lay it all on one guy, but we can’t keep throwing the ball up in the air.”
Is Sam Darnold still the guy? “We can’t keep doing that.”
— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 7, 2021
Anderson has done nothing but perpetuate Darnold’s woes. He caught 1-of-3 targets for 2 yards in the loss to New England. He has recorded four straight games with fewer than 20 yards, collecting a total of 27 yards on 24 targets over that span.
For the year, Anderson is averaging a career-low 22.9 receiving yards per game. He is producing 3.9 yards per target, which is the worst average in the NFL among qualified wide receivers.
According to Pro Football Focus’ tracking, Anderson is tied for sixth among wideouts with five drops. His contested-catch rate of 11.1% (1/9) is the worst among wide receivers to see more than five contested targets.
Anderson gave his longtime quarterback an earful on the sidelines.
Robby Anderson is not happy with Sam Darnold 😳pic.twitter.com/2Xs460TfzD
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 7, 2021
Breshad Perriman’s name appeared in the news a few hours before Sunday’s games began, as he was released by the Bears.
Bears have released WR Breshad Perriman, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2021
Perriman signed with the Lions in March and was released as part of final roster cuts in August. He quickly caught on with the Bears but has now hit the open market before ever suiting up for the team.
The UCF product was the Jets’ second-leading receiver with 505 yards in 2020.
The Jets’ former starting outside linebacker broke out of a slump on Sunday.
After recording zero sacks over his first six games with the Texans, Jordan Jenkins picked up 1.5 sacks of Jacoby Brissett in Houston’s Week 9 loss to the Dolphins.
Sack by Jordan Jenkins pic.twitter.com/QExkcV4WPb
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) November 7, 2021
Jenkins added a tackle for a two-yard loss against the run. He has been a rotational piece for the Texans’ defense, playing 43% of the defensive snaps in his average game and never hitting the 50% mark.