Jace Amaro, tight end: Early in training camp, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg predicted the struggling rookie would take a big jump the second or third week of the preseason. He was right. The second-round pick caught a team-high four passes (on four targets) for 37 yards and a touchdown. "I told you guys, he kind of reminds me of [Mike] Ditka," coach Rex Ryan said. So to recap: The season still hasn't started, and their first two picks, Calvin Pryor and Amaro, have been compared to Jack Tatum and Ditka. Too bad they didn't draft the next Mel Blount.
Quinton Coples, linebacker: One week after questions arose about his role on defense, the former first-rounder responded with a terrific game. He was disruptive early, combining with Muhammad Wilkerson and Jason Babin to harrass Eli Manning. Coples had four solo tackles, including a tackle-for-loss.
LeQuan Lewis, cornerback: They call him "The New Guy," according to Ryan, who singled out Lewis after the game for his performance. He replaced Antonio Allen (cornerback) and ended up playing a team-high 47 defensive snaps. (Curiously, Ellis Lankster, who started last week, got only three snaps.) Lewis surrendered the 15-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle at the end of the first half, but there was a busted coverage, according to Ryan. He was supposed to get help on the play, perhaps from linebacker Demario Davis, who received a talking to from Ryan. Lewis, signed two weeks ago, is the quintessential journeyman -- nine teams, including a stop in the CFL. Such is the state of the Jets' secondary.
Ryan Quigley, punter: On Wednesday, special-teams coach Thomas McGaughey said Quigley is "our guy" but "nothing is ever locked in stone." Time to re-examine the stone. It was a rough night for Quigley, who uncorked a pair of 29-yard punts and finished with a 38.4 gross average and 36.4 net. He's on a good week, bad week trend. No doubt, the Jets will be evaluating the punting market.
Jacoby Ford, wide receiver/kickoff returner: The super-fast Ford failed to capitalize on a couple of chances. With Jalen Saunders sidelined, he got an opportunity to return punts, but he muffed one and managed zero yards on two returns. At receiver, he was called for pass interference and failed to get his feet down on a sideline catch that should've been converted. The former Oakland Raider is on the bubble and needs a strong showing in the finale.
Caleb Schlauderaff, center/guard: One of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum's favorite "under-the-rock" finds, Schlauderaff didn't play a single snap, a strong indication his days are numbered. Dalton Freeman has replaced him as the backup center, with Oday Aboushi and rookie Dakota Dozier the top backups at guard.