Monday, September 17, 2012
Stock Watch: Risers, fallers
By Rich Cimini
PITTSBURGH -- A look at the positives and negatives from the 27-10 loss to the Steelers:
Garrett McIntyre introduces himself to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
1. Garrett McIntyre. Dude played his butt off. Starting for the injured Bryan Thomas, McIntyre finished with six tackles, two sacks and four tackles-for-loss. He's not the greatest athlete, but he always plays hard. Thomas should be worried about his job.
2. Muhammad Wilkerson. He was one of the big reasons why the Jets shut down the Steelers' ground game. Big Mo was a beast inside, recording four tackles and a tackle-for-loss.
3. Kyle Wilson. He held up reasonably well in place of the injured Darrelle Revis. When you get beat this decisively, "reasonably well" is good enough to crack the top three performances.
1. Mark Sanchez. At one point in the second half, he went 51 minutes in real time between completions. Sanchez had no turnovers and still finished with a 66.6 passer rating. Yikes. He'll need a rebound performance against the Dolphins or else the Tim Tebow chatter will intensify.
2. Stephen Hill. Someone check the milk cartons, because the Jets lost their promising young receiver. Hill was targeted only twice and didn't have any catches, unable to get open against press coverage. Clearly, he has a long way to go.
3. Antonio Cromartie. His coverage on Mike Wallace's 37-yard touchdown catch was non-competitive, as Bill Parcells might say. He mispayed the ball in the air and showed no sense of urgency as he let Wallace out-position him in the end zone -- and it came on third-and-16. That's bad.