EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The studs and duds from the New York Jets' 20-6 win over the Miami Dolphins:
S Jamal Adams: The Jets' first-round pick was all over the field. No, really, he was. He played 21 snaps as a linebacker, 17 as an edge-defender, 16 at safety and three at cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus. He finished with a sack, two tackles for loss and one pass break-up. In one sequence, he made a brilliant pass break-up downfield, then sacked Jay Cutler on the next play. Adams seems to get better every week. "He's an exciting player," coach Todd Bowles said.
WR Robby Anderson: He blew past veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner for a 69-yard touchdown reception, the longest of his career. Give an assist to Josh McCown, who made the throw and noticed immediately that Verner had replaced the injured Byron Maxwell. Anderson took it from there. "With my speed, a lot of guys are scared," Anderson said. "He came to the line and acted like he was going to press, but he tried to bail and I ran past him." He has the ability to do that. Anderson finished with three catches for 95 yards.
S Terrence Brooks: Who would've expected Brooks to make this list? The Jets acquired Brooks from the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason trade, sending cornerback Dexter McDougle to Philly. Deployed in three-safety looks, Brooks made two interceptions and was credited with three pass break-ups, a pretty impressive day when you consider he played only 30 of 64 snaps. The only negative was his first interception, a fourth-down fake punt. He should've knocked it down instead of making the catch, which cost them field position.
LB Demario Davis: He and Darron Lee struggled last week in Oakland, as they both left gaping holes in the middle of the run defense. Davis, in particular, responded in a big way. He recorded a team-high 12 tackles, including three behind the line. The Jets held the Dolphins to 30 rushing yards, including 16 on 11 carries for Jay Ajayi.
Coach Todd Bowles: He deserves a shout out. After an 0-2 start, in which his defense allowed a league-high 66 points, Bowles and his staff patched the leaks and pitched a shutout for 59 minutes, 59 seconds. There was a lot swirling around the team, including the controversy with President Donald Trump. Bowles addressed it in what was described as an emotional team meeting, and he kept the team together under unusual circumstances.
Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson: On a day of political tension and raw emotion, Johnson -- admittedly not comfortable in the public spotlight -- stood with his players for the national anthem. He locked arms with the oldest player (McCown) and the youngest player (Adams) -- a 38-year-old white man and a 21-year-old black man. By doing so, he may have galvanized his team. This boss thing is new to Johnson, but he gets it already.
LG James Carpenter: He's usually not a penalty-prone player, but he was flagged for holding calls on back-to-back plays. The entire team had penalty issues, as the Jets were called 10 times for 94 yards -- way too many. Adams (taunting) and Lee (roughing the passer) were guilty of dumb penalties.
CB Juston Burris: After a poor game last week, he was replaced in the nickel package by Darryl Roberts, who played a solid game. It'll be interesting to see if Burris works his way back into the starting nickel.