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Martin Hit At or Before The LoS




I went back and watched the condensed version of the game again on Game Rewind. Of Doug Martin's 28 touches, the Jets defense first made contact with him BEFORE the line of scrimmage 13 times, AT the line of scrimmage 8 times and AFTER the line of scrimmage 7 times. 21 out of 28 touches Martin coulda/shoulda/woulda been tackled for a loss or no gain, but he still ended up with 64 net yards. The fumble and dropped passes were uncharacteristic and hopefully that can be chalked up to "knocking the rust off."

Freeman was sacked 3 times and hurried 10 times, he had 22 snaps where he was neither sacked nor hurried, but in reality there were very few plays where the pocket wasn't in danger of collapsing from the Jets D. Freeman did look rattled on a few snaps where there was no immediate danger and he maybe got rid of the ball a little too soon, instead of letting a play develop, but that could have always been by design too.

Either the Jets d-line and linebackers are just that good, or the Bucs o-line is just that bad. Probably it's a little of both, but my guess is that the Bucs o-line is getting extra time in practice this week. I hesitate to put too much blame on Freeman, because the coaches needed to come up with an answer for the penetration the Jets D was getting.

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