This is for all the stat geeks out there -- our bye week respite from the usual morning offering.
The NFL compiles a stat sheet that shows how teams perform when specific players are on and off the field, breaking it down by average yards per pass attempt and average yards per rushing attempt. I think this is a great way to evaluate a player's true value to the team. I've compiled a few for the New York Jets, highlighting positional battles and key storylines. For example:
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes
Average pass play with him: 6.33 yards.
Average without him: 5.79.
The skinny: This puts to rest the theory the Jets are better on offense without Holmes.
Average running play with Winters: 4.32
Average running play with Ducasse: 3.82
The skinny: Winters, a rookie, has experieced plenty of hiccups, but he still has his predecessor beat.
Average pass play with Winslow: 5.76
Average pass play with Cumberland: 4.94
The skinny: The Jets better hope that Winslow, back from his PED suspension, is off his "allergy" medication.
Average running play with Ivory: 4.01
Average running play with Powell: 3.98
The skinny: Pretty much what you expected here.
Average pass play with Allen: 6.38
Average pass play with Jarrett: 4.90
The skinny: This surprises me -- a lot.
Defensive lineman Damon Harrison
Average running play with Harrison: 2.72
Average without him: 3.21
The skinny: Big Snacks is a big reason why the Jets have the No. 1 run defense.
Average pass play with Milliner: 5.85
Average pass play with Walls: 6.89
The skinny: Now we know why Rex Ryan keeps going back to Milliner.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes
Average pass play with him: 5.41
Average without him: 6.22
The skinny: His season-ending knee injury has been more costly than people realize.