Jets-Buffalo Unfiltered Observations

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The Jets made three offensive personnel moves today to perhaps give them a spark.

They cut Michael Carter. They gave Jeremy Ruckert playing time in the place of C.J. Uzomah and they started Chris Glaser for Xavier Newman at right guard.

It didn’t really provide a spark.

Their third down conversion problem continued, going 0-11 in Buffalo.

Those probably weren’t moves that were going to right their ship on offense . . .

The Jets scapegoated Carter this past week, but sometimes you wonder if one of the players that made him expendable is totally comfortable with the offense.

Tim Boyle threw a hot read to the right side on a blitz, and according to Tony Romo, Cook wasn’t where he was supposed to be, and the pass fell incomplete.

Cook also didn’t look like he knew where he should be on a blitz pickup where Wilson got sacked . . .

Why would somebody leak something like this in the middle of the season?

On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced: “Sources around the NFL expect that New York will pursue (Davante) Adams again this offseason.”

What a distraction – for the Jets and Raiders?

And plus, Adams is under contract with the Raiders until 2026?

This is freakin bush-league stuff.

It’s borderline tampering, but it would be hard to go after a team over this, since nobody said anything publicly. It’s unnamed sources.

But if you are Garrett Wilson, how do you feel about this story dropping on Sunday morning before a big game in Buffalo?

He’s the team’s #1 receiver now. On top of that, he’s playing hurt with a messed-up elbow. What a slap in the face to him! He deserves better.

Any team Adams goes to, he’s going to be the #1 receiver, and rightfully so.

The timing of this story was classless and a distraction, for both the Jets and the Raiders.

Not blaming Schefter. He’s just doing his job, but for the leakers, why not wait until after the regular season on this one? . . .

Not sure why the Jets keep playing Michael Clemons ahead of Carl Lawson.

Clemons does make some run plays here and there, but he’s not an edge rusher. He consistently runs right into offensive tackles and tries to power rush them, because he doesn’t have much bend or edge speed.

His motor and strength are great, but he seems like a better fit in a 3-4 defense.

And now after the fight with Dion Dawkins after the game, maybe give the player a respite, and give Lawson a shot.

Not sure if it had anything to do with the fight, but this running right into tackles all the time, has got to be very annoying for the tackles . . .

Zach Wilson’s struggles aren’t Zach Wilson’s fault.

He’s doing the best he can.

And when I say it’s not his fault, I’m not just talking about poor offensive line play or receiver drops. Those don’t help, but those are not at the root of the problem.

The problem is he’s just not great at making quick decisions or going through progressions. It’s not a lack of desire or effort, those things are really, really hard to do, and a lot of young quarterbacks struggle with them. He struggles with them.

And this idea of Aaron Rodgers helping him. A veteran QB can’t help a young QB see the field better. Impossible to do. Just doesn’t work that way.

Wilson’s internal clock is just too slow, and his field vision is just too limited.

None of this is his fault and not a lack of effort.

Like I’ve said over and over, if the offensive coordinator dials up the perfect first-read pass, and it’s open, Wilson is golden, but if the OC doesn’t, all bets are usually off.

This just in – playing QB in the NFL is really hard.

The Jets should probably go with Trevor Siemian on Friday against Miami, and just let the veteran, who was 13-11 as a starter in Denver, calm things down on offense, and just manage the game.

Why he hasn’t been active the last month as a #2, is a head-scratcher.

November 19, 2023

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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