Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Stock watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
Some of the good and bad performances from Monday night's 23-17 loss to the Texans:
1. Antonio Cromartie: The Cro was flying. He shut down WR Andre Johnson (one catch on six targets), intercepted a pass and played a little wide receiver, nearly connecting with Mark Sanchez on a deep ball. Say this for Cromartie: In Darrelle Revis' absence, he's playing like a No. 1 corner.
2. Joe McKnight: The running back-turned-cornerback-turned running back is a terrific kickoff returner, and he proved it again with a 100-yard touchdown -- the second kickoff-return TD of his career. He deserves a bigger role on offense because he's one of the few explosive players on the roster.
3. Jeremy Kerley: The Jets' longest-tenured wide receiver (yeah, really) is developing into one of the best yards-after-catch threats in the league. He had five catches for 94 yards, including a 36-yarder.
1. Anybody who blocked J.J. Watt: The Texans' second-year DE took turns beating everyone on the Jets' offensive line. He finished with six tackles, one sack and three tipped passes. One tip probably saved a TD (Chaz Schilens was wide open in the end zone) and one resulted in an interception. Not only did Watt create problems for the guards and tackles, but he rolled up the ankle of C Nick Mangold, causing an undisclosed injury.
2. The Dropsy Twins. You have to make that catch, Jason Hill. Same to you, Jeff Cumberland.
3. Shonn Greene. Another subpar performance. After five games, the Jets' bell cow (as Rex Ryan calls him) has rushed for only 217 yards, a 2.9-yard average and eight first downs. For a bell cow, that's chopped liver.