Stock watch: Risers and fallers

November, 12, 2012
SEATTLE -- Taking stock of the Jets in their ugly 28-7 loss to the Seahawks:


1. Muhammad Wilkerson. In the preseason, the coaching staff really hyped the former No. 1 pick, predicting a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Wilkerson has backed it up the last three weeks. Against the Seahawks, he had seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned 21 yards for a TD. Wilkerson said they were planning to rattle rookie QB Russell Wilson; he certainly did his part.

2. Bart Scott. The veteran linebacker returned from a turf-toe injury and actually looked pretty spry, even sacking mobile QB Russell Wilson. Scott shared time with rookie Demario Davis and finished with five tackles.

3. Tony Sparano. No, not really. Just seeing if you're paying attention.


1. Mark Sanchez. He has nine lives because he gets to keep his starting job despite a two-turnover, sub-50 percent passing performance. Sanchez passed for only 124 yards, stunning when you consider 75 came on two completions. Get this: The Jets averaged 3.6 yards per pass attempt, a fraction lower than their rushing average, 3.8. Now that's bad.

2. Dustin Keller. The usually reliable tight end committed two penalties, including a killer false start at the Seahawks' 1-yard-line, and dropped a pass.

3. The wide receiving corps. You knew this wasn't going to be an easy day, as they faced the Seahawks' big, physical corners. Take away Tim Tebow's three R.A. Dickey-like knuckleball screen passes to Jeremy Kerley, and the wideouts had only three receptions on 12 targets. They struggled to beat press coverage at the line.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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