The New York Jets stock report, looking at risers and fallers from their 35-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers (before film review):
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WR Robby Anderson — He sparked a controversy by lobbying for Pro Bowl votes on TV during the game, resulting in a rebuke from coach Todd Bowles. I’m not a fan of what he did, either, but you know what? He belongs in the Pro Bowl conversation, especially after his six-catch, 146-yard, two-touchdown performance. He has scored in five straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Among wide receivers, he’s 13th in receiving yards (714), tied for fourth in touchdowns (seven) and fourth in average yards per catch (17.4).
WR Jermaine Kearse — Maintaining his reputation as a Panthers killer, Kearse finished with seven catches for a season-high 105 yards and a touchdown. There’s about Carolina blue that brings out the best in Kearse, who racked up 14 catches, 239 yards and three touchdown in two playoff games against them while playing for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cam Newton plan — The defense did an outstanding job against Newton, who played one of the worst games of his career. The Jets held him to 168 passing yards and 28 rushing yards (one touchdown) — and he entered the game as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league. His completion percentage (39.3) was the third-worst in his career. The Jets recorded three sacks and eight “hits,” including two apiece by Demario Davis, Leonard Williams and Josh Martin. Kudos to Jamal Adams for letting Newton know he didn’t appreciate his silly “Superman” celebration.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins — He has developed a case of the end-zone yips. Seferian-Jenkins cost his team a touchdown with a blatant drop in the first quarter, and he failed to secure a catchable ball in the fourth quarter. The latter was ruled a touchdown on the field, but it was overturned by replay, an all-too-familiar feeling for Seferian-Jenkins. On Oct. 15, he fumbled away a touchdown against the New England Patriots. That, too, was a controversial replay review.
DT Mike Pennel — Statistically, it was his best game of the year (seven total tackles), but no one will remember that because of his senseless roughing-the-passer penalty in the fourth quarter. The Jets should’ve had the ball back with just over two minutes left, down by five, but Pennel’s dumb foul extended the Carolina drive. That’s the type of play that could get a marginal player cut.
LB Jordan Jenkins — His offsides penalty on fourth-and-2 in the third quarter extended a drive, which, of course, ended with a touchdown. The Jets aren’t good enough to overcome those kind of penalties.
Punting unit — Kaelin Clay’s 60-yard touchdown return resulted from a number of factors. Start with Lachlan Edwards, whose punt was short (37 yards) and had poor hang time (about 3.7 seconds). Long snapper Thomas Hennessy missed a chance to wrap up Clay as soon as he caught the ball. The Jets like Hennessy because of his ability to get downfield. On this play, he showed his speed, but he had to make that tackle. Eric Tomlinson tried a lunge tackle, but it was no use; Clay was a goner, essentially sealing the Panthers’ win.
Two minutes earlier, the Panthers had scored on a fumble recovery. Prior to Sunday, they had scored just two non-offensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter in their previous 186 games combined, dating to the start of 2006 season. Why does the crazy stuff always happen against the Jets?