Inside the Numbers: Jets Behind the Line – New York Jets News

Inside the Numbers: Jets Behind the Line – New York Jets News

One of the diamonds in the rough of the opening loss to the Bills was the play of OLB Josh Martin.

The fifth-year ‘backer, who last season played almost exclusively as one of the Jets’ special teams anchors, has gotten an opening to play defense this season and he had an active first game.

Specifically, Martin was in for three tackles for loss, one of Mike Tolbert and two of LeSean McCoy, plus he added the third half-sack of his career and applied some other pressures on Tyrod Taylor as well.

He did all that on his 38 defensive snaps, and then added a punt-coverage tackle on his 26 special teams plays.

We checked on Jets players who had at least 35 scrimmage plays and 25 ST plays in the same game since 2012. The last front-seven defender to do that was Demario Davis when he was a rookie in 2012. (However, Bruce Carter was in the same double-duty ballpark with 59 defensive snaps and 22 ST snaps at Arizona last year.)

What’s the next defensive frontier for Martin? Well, a full sack would be sweet. So would getting his second pro start and his first since his rookie season of 2013 with the Chiefs.

Mo for the Block
Reporters sounded the alarm for Muhammad Wilkerson‘s first game of the ’17 season. He had two unassisted tackles, no sacks and no QB hits on Tyrod Taylor last week. D-coordinator Kacy Rodgers was not buying into the concern over the lack of production, saying, “I thought he did what we asked him. We didn’t do enough defensively as a whole. I don’t think it was one guy. … I don’t highlight him.”

Wilk put some of the blame on his shoulders for LeSean McCoy leading Buffalo’s 190-yard rushing attack, especially…

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