Jets Mailbag: Elijah Moore’s emergence is big positive, defensive line is biggest disappointment

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The Jets’ 3-9 mark heading into Sunday’s game against the Saints is around what most reasonable people thought their record would be in mid-December.

It’s been a whirlwind campaign for Gang Green in Robert Saleh’s first season. Rookie QB Zach Wilson showed some promise, and plenty of struggles, before suffering a knee injury that cost him four games. Then there was the Mike White kitchen experience and Joe Flacco’s return to the Jets (he even started a game!). The defense actually looked good in the early going and is now officially awful.

But as we head towards the final stretch, here’s what Jets fans want to know in this Week 14 mailbag based on the season so far.

Three biggest positive storylines this season so far and the 3 biggest negative storylines — @MattSearing

Positives.

Elijah Moore is a stud and can be an elite receiver in the NFL. In games against the Bills, Eagles and Dolphins, Moore flashed that ability. It’s impressive when you can have some success against cornerbacks like Tre White of the Bills, Dolphins studs Xavien Howard and Byron Jones and the Eagles’ Darius Slay.

In his last four games, he has 308 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

The Jets still need to add weapons at the receiver spot over the offseason, but they have a building block in Moore.

Michael Carter looks like he can be a lead back. He was the Jets’ best offensive weapon for a stretch of games prior to his injury. The Jets might have won the game against the Dolphins if he didn’t suffer an ankle injury.

Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur can become an elite coordinator. The way he’s used Moore recently, how the offense played with three backup quarterbacks, and the offense’s ability to hum when he’s been aggressive in the playcalling. Is he perfect? No. But he’s shown growth.

Negatives.

The defensive line isn’t as good as it was hyped up to be. Yes, Carl Lawson’s injury was a major blow, but their issues stem from stopping the run and Lawson was never touted as an elite run stopper. So having him would have helped but not to the point where the Jets go from a bottom three rush defense to a Top 15 rush defense.

The receiver room isn’t as good as some thought. Yes, Moore has shown star potential. But Corey Davis was up and down before he suffered a season-ending injury. Jamison Crowder has been fine …read more


Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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