WALTER PAYTON MAN OF THE YEAR
The New York Jets nominee for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Brandon Marshall, continues to enact change by raising awareness and improving care for those affected by mental health through his foundation, Project 375. Marshall is eligible to be one of three finalists for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year selected from the 32 nominees from each NFL team. A total of $1 million will be donated in the name of the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, with $500,000 going to a charity of his choice and $500,000 supporting the expansion of Character Playbook across all NFL markets. The winner of the 2016 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year will be announced in Houston at the NFL Honors. Fans are encouraged to vote for Marshall on Twitter using #MarshallWPMOYChallenge.
THE BIG CAT
Second-year defensive lineman Leonard Williams was recently named as a first alternate to the 2017 Pro Bowl. In 15 starts this season, the USC product has totaled a career-high 84 tackles, 7.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Williams recorded a career-high 2.5 sacks in the season-opener against CIN and has recorded at least a half-sack in six games since. For his efforts, he was named the 2016 Curtis Martin Team MVP, an award voted on by his teammates. Williams is the youngest player in team history to receive the honor. Entering Week 17, his season sack total ranks third among second-year players in franchise history, behind only John Abraham (13.0 − 2001) and Sheldon Richardson (8.0 − 2013), while his 11 tackles for loss in 2016 (radar360) rank third in the AFC among defensive linemen.
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has recorded 776 receiving yards through 15 games in 2016, the most by a wide receiver drafted in the sixth round in franchise history (radar360). Enunwa trails only Richie Anderson (853) for the highest receiving yardage in a season by a Jets sixth-round draft pick regardless of position.
BY THE NUMBERS
100-yard receiving games Brandon Marshall has recorded against Buffalo in his career, tied for third in the NFL since 1970.
Bilal Powell is 27 scrimmage yards shy of reaching 1,000 for the season for the first time in his career.
Number of players who have appeared in a game for the Jets this season, three shy of the record set by Jacksonville (75) in 2011 and 2012 (excludes the 1987 season).
Rushing yards allowed in seven home games this season, the third-lowest average allowed by a Jets defense through seven home games since 1970 (radar360).