Defensive mystery: Why can't Leonard Williams or Muhammad Wilkerson get to QB?
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S Marcus Maye — He picked a nice time for his first career interception. Maye made a great read on a third down from the Jets’ 4, picking up tight end Seth DeValve in motion and undercutting his route. It was a savvy play by the rookie, who knew exactly where rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was going with the ball. It was an awful day for Kizer, who committed two turnovers inside the 5 and was benched. The Browns became only the third team in the last 10 seasons to have multiple turnovers on such plays. Overall, the Jets stopped them three times in the red zone without allowing a score; the last time they had that many stops was 2008.
LB Demario Davis — Even though he downplayed his return to Cleveland, where he played last season, Davis had to be extra motivated for this game. He certainly played like it, recording six tackles, two sacks and four quarterback hits. He made one of the biggest hits of the day, blasting quarterback Kevin Hogan on a pass that was intercepted by cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Jets stole Davis from the Browns, sending them draft bust Calvin Pryor in a June trade. Pryor wound up getting cut.
PK Chandler Catanzaro — One week after making an overtime kick, Catanzaro put his name in the Jets’ record book, recording the longest field goal in team history — 57 yards. And you know what? It probably had enough distance to go 65 yards. Catanzaro credited his protection, saying, “That record is all of ours, not just one person.” He’s off to a hot start, having made 10 of 12 field-goal tries.
P Lachlan Edwards — Both punters played exceptionally well. Edwards registered a career-high 51.5 average, including a 62-yarder in the first quarter — his third straight game in which he has recorded a punt of at least 60 yards. This was an ugly, field-position game — a game only a punter could love.
QB Josh McCown — He was far from perfect, but let’s give him a shout-out for winning three straight starts for the first time in 15 seasons.
Leonard Williams/Muhammad Wilkerson — They did it again — another sackless game. Neither player has recorded a sack this season, which is rather stunning. They’re too talented to be in this predicament. In fact, neither one was credited with a quarterback hit in this game. That’s a concern, considering Kizer began the day as the most-contacted quarterback in the league. Wilkerson (two) and Williams (one) also were flagged for costly penalties. Overall, it was another subpar day for the run defense, which allowed 140 yards. The Jets didn’t look prepared for Cleveland’s read-option plays.
Offensive line — The starting five was intact for the first time in three games, but that didn’t help much. The running game was non-existent, as the Jets rushed for 34 yards — one week after running wild for 256. The Jets struggled with Cleveland’s run blitzes. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams showed a new wrinkle, using safety Jabrill Peppers in the box more than in previous games. It turned into a hot mess for the Jets, who allowed three sacks and six quarterback hits. It’s no wonder quarterback McCown spent a lot of time in the trainer’s room after the game.