I won’t call this a full roundtable because only myself and Justin are going ro chime in for this one. Yet, I want to hear from you on the Facebook or Twitter page, or right here, which player has impressed you the most so far this pre-season?
Joe Caporoso: Despite only playing in one game, I am still going with Plaxico Burress. I can’t get over how fluid and athletic he looked the other night despite his extended lay off. He showed the ability to find a window in the middle of the field for a big gain, still work his trademark back shoulder grab, and then run under a perfectly thrown fade ball to make an impressive diving, over the shoulder catch. If Burress can provide those type of big plays on a consistent basis, the Jets passing offense is going to be near impossible to stop.
Justin Fritze: Greg McElroy. We know he doesn’t have a big arm, and he probably won’t be throwing any 60 yard passes, but he also isn’t in a Mike Martz offense. He will be asked to read defenses, hand the ball off, and get quick 3 step drop passes over the middle. He nearly won his first preseason game if not for a dropped ball in the end zone. With every snap you can see him getting more comfortable and making better reads. I think at some point during the preseason he might even get some snaps with the first team offensive line to see how he does with some time in the pocket. Oh yes, and he has the highest QB rating out of ALL rookie quarterbacks, better than Newton, Gabbert, Locker, etc. And he has been doing it with practice squad talent.
A few other considerations –
Jeff Cumberland – Looks like he can be a weapon as a number two tight end.
Josh Mauga – Very impressive filling in for Bart Scott and looks to be a lock for the top backup inside linebacker spot.
Mark Sanchez – Crisp, poised, and accurate so far.
Santonio Holmes – Looks like the number one receiver the Jets are paying him to be.
Ropati Pitoitua – Finally appears ready to be a major contributor on the defensive line.