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NFL Week 5 CBS Denver Broncos @ New York Jets Preview

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Denver Broncos @ New York Jets – CBS, 1:00 PM

Darnold trending the wrong way

Sam Darnold‘s performances have nose-dived since Week 1. After a solid Week 1 start (67.2 overall grade), the first-year signal-caller has continued to watch his PFF grade drop week-by-week. His current overall grade of 47.2 ranks 31st of 34 quarterbacks with at least 52 snaps.

Enunwa the emerging threat

Quincy Enunwa has emerged as the Jets' number one wide receiver. His overall grade of 81.8 currently ranks 13th among qualifying wide receivers. This is partially due to how Enunwa has excelled after the catch; his 9.0 yards after the catch per reception is tied for the third-highest this year.

Jamal Adams taking the next step

Jamal Adams has shown major improvement from his rookie season, notably dropping his passer rating allowed from 130.2 to 49.1. His overall grade of 78.0 is nearly a ten point jump from his rookie year (68.5).

Darron Lee excelling in coverage

Linebacker Darron Lee has taken an incredible leap forward in coverage this season. He's allowing the ninth-lowest passer rating (77.2) among linebackers.

Keenum struggling from a clean pocket.

While the Broncos offensive line has taken a step forward this year, it won't matter if Case Keenum continues to struggle from a clean pocket. Keenum's passer rating when kept clean, PFF's most stable metric for evaluating quarterback play, is second-worst in the NFL.

Sanders excelling in slot

Emmanuel Sanders has seen a significant uptick in his routes run from the slot this year, as he has run 92.9% of his targets from the inside, which trails only Michael Thomas.

Chubb off to a strong start.

First-round draft pick Bradley Chubb has started his career on the right foot. He currently leads all rookie edge defenders in pressures with 15. Chubb has also logged six defensive stops, tied for the most among rookie edge defenders.

Harris Jr. continues to deny flying

While the secondary overall has struggled, Chris Harris Jr. continues to dominate. He's allowed a passer rating of only 73.7 when targeted this season. For comparison, all other Broncos players are allowing a combined passer rating of 111.1.

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