Matchup POSITIVESTeddy Bridgewater - Save for a forced downfield interception Leonard Williams Jerseys 2019 , Bridgewater was absolutely tremendous. He had a great sense for the pressure, threw the ball well under duress, on the move, and from inside the pocket, consistently throwing on the money passes. He added a few plus pickups on the ground, and continued to play well after taking big hits - a huge question mark you would have liked to see him answer. Sam Darnold might be slowly seizing the starting job, but Bridgewater is proving he can still be a good starter in this league. He looked like he was playing with JV kids out there in the second half. He is better than more than a few starting quarterbacks and is quickly upping his trade value.Sam Darnold - It was a less impressive performance than his debut a week ago, but Sam once again looked poised and collected out there. He threw a forced interception on 4th & 1 in the red zone White Kelechi Osemele Jerseys , but for the most part continued to look ready. His offensive line did him little favors but Darnold continued to do a great job understanding concepts and reading the field, for the most part getting the most out of what was presented to him. Bridgewater outplayed him tonight, but Darnold took another step towards starting tonight.Bilal Powell - Created a lot of yards himself after the catch and behind the line of scrimmage in the run game. Also threw a few crushing blocks in pass protection.Clive Walford - Stood out the most at tight end with a pair of first down catches created after the catch.Tre McBride - Had a pair of first down catches from Darnold. Probably the most impressive wide receiver through two games. He and Charles Johnson have blown Stewart and Hansen out of the water thus far.Charone Peake - Finally showed up with a tremendous touchdown grab from Bridgewater.Neville Hewitt - Continued to be very active defensively. Quick to the ball.Doug Middleton - Took advantage of a Washington drop for an interception. Also made a big hit in attempt to break up a TD in the end zone.Jordan Jenkins - A sack, a stuff, and two QB hits. He looked solid, getting a lot of reps with his hand in the dirt.George Atkinson - Unlikely to make the roster but played a much improved game after struggling last week. Created a lot of his own yardage in the run and pass game.Taylor Bertolet - Made two field goals and one extra point. A few close calls tonight, but perfect through two games.NEGATIVESOffensive line - Brent Qvale and Jonotthan Harrison were terrible in their spot starts for the injured Kelvin Beachum and Brian Winters. The entire line struggled throughout the game to protect and create holes.Chad Hansen, Jordan Leggett - Hansen saw one target Kelechi Osemele Jerseys 2019 , seeing a nice dime down the field from Teddy Bridgewater go straight through his hands. Leggett didn’t register a target with two tight end competitors missing the game. ArDarius Stewart caught one 17-yard first down, so at least he showed up and did something. Darron Lee - Made a few fatal mistakes early in the game, making slow reads in coverage and poor gap-filling decisions against the run. Same mistakes that have plagued him throughout his early career.Most of the defense - The Jets held up in the red zone but for the most part saw their defense outplayed by the Washington offense. The Jets’ first team especially struggled. They were playing soft coverage and tackling poorly. I don’t think there was anything worrisome out of the game going forward besides Lee’s struggles with the same issues, but it was still not a great outing defensively. Le'Veon Bell didn’t play football last year. Presumably, he also avoided other potential physical risks as he closed in on his long-overdue payday.So should it surprise anyone that he currently may not be in ideal football shape?It shouldn’t. This is the flip side of the hand-wringing about guys playing basketball. When guys don’t play basketball (or do other things like it), they tend to gain weight and lose cardiovascular endurance. It’s not very hard to get it back — especially for elite athletes.Bell, once it became clear that he’d skip the season and head to the open market, should have put himself in a bubble and done nothing that would in any way risk his overall physical well-being until he signs a contract and cashes in.Regardless of whether he currently is or isn’t 260 pounds (his trainer has strongly denied the arguably flimsy “word on the street” report that Le’Veon is lugging around a load of lard) White Jamison Crowder Jerseys , here’s how things will play out. First, agent Adisa Bakari will unofficially identify the universe of potentially interested teams this week in Indianapolis. (Yes, it’s tampering. Yes, it will nevertheless happen.) Second, Bakari will harvest specific financial proposals during the 48-hour legal tampering window, if not sooner. Third, one or more of those offers likely will be significant. Fourth, Bakari and Bell likely will accept one of those offers before the free-agency period officially opens.Fifth Jamison Crowder Jerseys 2019 , and finally, Bell’s new team will get a chance to eyeball him when he shows up to sign the contract to which he’s already agreed. And even if his entrance involves more wobbling than walking, they’ll realize that they have months to get him in shape — and they will.So why the report? Maybe the Jets are trying to drive down the market for Bell. Or maybe they’re trying to scare away other teams. (Last year, the Jets wanted Kirk Cousins, but he spurned them for the Vikings.)Regardless, it’s hardly a cause for major concern that a guy listed at 225 may have while not playing football for an entire year added 35 pounds. He’ll lose the weight quickly, and he’ll get back to being the guy that he was in 2017 and previously.
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