Stock watch: Risers and fallers

Highlighting some of the positives and negatives from Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Dolphins:


1. Dennis Byrd. The highlight of an otherwise dreary day was the return of the former Jets defensive lineman, whose No. 90 was retired in a halftime ceremony. A tearful Byrd, introduced to the crowd by former teammate Scott Mersereau (reunited after 18 years apart), made a touching speech to the crowd. Earlier, Byrd tried to fire up the team with a brief, but passionate speech during the pre-game. Didn't work, obviously. If you're not inspired by Byrd ... well, what's the use?

2. Clyde Gates. The former Dolphin, back in the lineup after a two-week shoulder injury, sets career highs for catches (seven) and yards (82). A lot of it came in garbage time, but it was a nice step for the speedy receiver. He has impressed recently in practice and his role could grow.

3. Isaiah Trufant. After an impressive showing last week in New England, Trufant played the nickel-back role for another game and he played reasonably well. The 5-foot-8 cornerback had four tackles, one pass break up and one quarterback hit, which was more hits any the entire defensive line.


1. Special teams. This was shockingly bad across the board. There was a blocked punt for a touchdown, a blocked field goal, a failure to recover an onsides kick and a 57-yard kickoff return that set up a Miami touchdown. The Jets' special teams are usually one of the best in the league. This was pure folly.

2. Mark Sanchez. You can blame the pass protection and you can blame the receivers, but Sanchez has to take a big hit. He committed two turnovers and failed to provide any spark. His accuracy wasn't good. In fact, 14 of his 54 passes (25.9 percent) were either over or underthrown, including an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Information. At the start of the day, Sanchez had over or underthrown 23.4 percent of his pass attempts this season, the highest rate in the NFL.

3. Stephen Hill. For the second straight week, the rookie receiver had a costly drop. This one came in the end zone. Sure, it wasn't an easy catch, but the ball was right there. Every receiver experiences growing pains, but Hill doesn't have the benefit of being eased into the lineup. He was thrown in.