TOJ DOs & DONT’s: Jets Preseason Week 2

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The New York Jets travel tonight to take on the defending AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals. Here are tonight’s DOs and DONT’s…

DO 

DO let Geno Smith take a couple of shots down field to Stephen Hill and Jace Amaro. Geno had a beautiful completion to Eric Decker against the Colts down the field, but it was called back. The Jets need to let Geno, Vick, and Tahj Boyd spread the field a bit tonight against a very good Bengals defense.

DON’T

DON’T turn the ball over. Geno Smith has had a very good camp so far, displaying the willingness to take what the defense gives him. Tonight should be no different. Geno knows what this defense can do (the Bengals were the defense that handed Geno arguably his worst game last year) so he needs to make sure he is careful with the football.

DO

DO provide more production running backs. 20 carries for 46 yards against a terrible Colts defense? That’s not going to cut it against the Bengals. Bilal Powell will debut tonight, Daryl Richardson needs to provide something, and Chris Johnson needs to showcase some of the speed we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him.

DON’T

DONT leave Antonio Allen on an island with AJ Green. I think Allen is going to do better than most believe, but this isn’t a permanent experiment. This is strictly temporary, so you don’t want the kid’s confidence to get shot because AJ Green embarrasses him. Again, i think he’s going to do pretty well, but part of my belief is because I don’t think Rex leaves him matched up one on one repeatedly against a top 5 WR.

DO

DO get some sacks front seven. Make sure to get a look at #TOJTV’s highlight reel centered around the defensive line to get hyped for tonight (DO subscribe). You can see how good the defensive line is, and the linebackers all have the ability to get to the QB. This is a good offensive line that the Bengals will put out there, but the front seven has to make life easier for the secondary. Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson get all the attention and rightfully so, but Quinton Coples might be the most talented out of the group and it’s time he becomes the double digit sack guy he can be.

DON’T

DON’T play Michael Vick with any of the starters. Barring an implosion of epic proportions, Michael Vick will not be starting Week 1. Geno needs all the reps possible with the starters, so this means that Michael Vick needs to remain on the sidelines. No wildcat, no Geno split out wide, none of that. It is Geno’s team and Geno’s time. Let him go to work.

DO

DO play Calvin Pryor. ALOT. He needs the reps as well, with both the first and second units. I expect big things from the Louisville Slugger, and he needs to begin to feel comfortable with Dawan Landry and the rest of the secondary. The Bengals are a good test for him; Jermaine Gresham and Tyler EIfert present different matchup problems and Pryor needs to be ready.

DON’T

DON’T hesitate to use Kyle Wilson on the outside Rex. After Darrelle Revis went down with a torn ACL, Wilson filled in well as the starting corner opposite Antonio Cromartie. I believe Dimitri Patterson is better suited to be a slot corner, so playing Wilson outside might not be a bad idea if Allen suffers or if Rex would prefer to play him and Pryor together.

DO

DO score a touchdown first team offense. A lot of people fell in love with what Vick brought on the field against the Colts, and it was only punctuated by the touchdown drive that ended with a score by Johnson. Let’s ignore the two 15 yard penalties and the second team defense it came against for the narrative’s sake. Geno Smith needs to put 7 on the board against the Bengals defense, preferably twice. The calls for Vick to receive meaningful snaps next week against the Giants will only increase the longer Geno goes without engineering a touchdown.

DON’T

DON’T leave Paul Brown Stadium with any injuries. Jalen Saunders was involved in a minor car accident and appears to be fine, so let’s hope that’s the only player worth monitoring after this game. We’re close to kicking off what appears to be a promising season, and the last thing we need is an injury to anyone.

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