Bilal Powell up, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Darrelle Revis down in Jets' loss

HOUSTON -- A look at the New York Jets players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium:


Bilal Powell, running back: Returning from a four-game ankle injury, Powell provided a spark on offense, producing 89 yards from scrimmage -- 22 rushing and a team-high 67 receiving. He also made the unsung play on offense, picking up a blitzing safety on Ryan Fitzpatrick's touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. He didn't drop any passes, which put him in the minority. It was a solid game from the dependable Powell, but the Jets needed about three or four Powells in this game.

Damon Harrison, nose tackle: He was credited with a team-high nine solo tackles, a ridiculous number for a nose tackle. It's too bad the overall run defense was below the Jets' standard. The Texans ran for 123 yards, including 46 yards on six Wildcat plays. A few players said they were caught off guard by the Texans' Wildcat package. Todd Bowles admitted they were surprised by the first two, but made adjustments after that.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback: His job security is waning. After throwing back-to-back interceptions at the end of the game, killing any hopes of a comeback, Fitzpatrick didn't receive his usual iron-clad endorsement from Bowles. Asked if he's considering a switch to Geno Smith, Bowles said, "Not at this time. We'll meet on all that stuff on Monday." In other words, he hedged a bit. Bowles said he's "still committed to Ryan, but I just don't think he played very well, just like a lot of other people on both sides of the ball." Chances are, Bowles will opt for the status quo, but Fitzpatrick (19-for-39, 216 yards) needs to clean up the mistakes. Give him credit for heart. With stitches in his surgically repaired left thumb, Fitzpatrick showed his toughness, especially on his 6-yard touchdown run.

Darrelle Revis, cornerback: This was one of the worst days of his career. Not only did he surrender a 61-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, but Revis was mocked after the game by the Texans' star receiver. Hopkins used air quotes when he referred to "Revis Island" in his news conference. Revis was schooled by Hopkins. Unofficially, he was targeted seven times, allowing four receptions for 98 yards. He's lucky it wasn't worse. Revis was beat deep on the first series, but T.J. Yates overthrew Hopkins on what should've been a 69-yard touchdown. Later, Hopkins had a drop. Even the great ones have a bad day. Revis' bad day came at a really bad time.

Devin Smith, wide receiver: Another week, another killer mistake. Late in the third quarter, with the Jets down by 14 points, Smith dropped what should've been a 46-yard touchdown. It was an over-the-shoulder catch, which is supposed to be his forte. His ability to track the deep ball is one of the main reasons why they drafted him in the second round out of Ohio State. Bowles is running out of patience, saying, "Rookies have to stop being rookies. They need to grow up. They get paid like everybody else and they have to start acting like they're not in college anymore." For the mild-mannered Bowles, that's scathing. A week ago, Smith fumbled a kickoff that was returned for a touchdown. They made a mistake by dressing Smith over Kenbrell Thompkins, a more accomplished receiver.

Brandon Marshall, receiver: He scored on a 21-yard reception, but it wasn't a good game for the Jets' No. 1 receiver. For the second week in a row, he dropped a long pass. He dropped two, actually. There was the one-handed, alligator-arm attempt on a slant route. His drop total is up to seven.