New York Jets: DOs & DON’Ts (Week 1, Pre-Season)

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We are 4 days away from the first preseason game for the New York Jets. To help get you ready for Thursday, we will throw out five DOs and five DON’Ts for Rex Ryan and the Jets against the Indianapolis Colts…

DO

1. DO let Geno Smith take some shots down the field to Stephen Hill. This is a favorable match-up for the New York Jets wide receivers, as the Colts do not have a very good secondary. Use the opportunity for Geno and Hill to showcase Hill’s speed and Geno’s ability to throw the deep ball.

2. DO test out Chris Johnson’s surgically repaired knee. There were reports out of training camp last week that Marty Morningwheg had CJ1K lined up in the slot and out wide during a couple of formations. While you won’t see a lot of the playbook from the Jets on Thursday, a little taste of the weapon CJ will be in the passing game will be something I’m looking forward to.

3. DO match up Dmitri Patterson with TY Hilton in the slot. I think there’s a very good chance that someone other than Patterson will be starting on the outside opposite Dee Milliner. I think Rex and Dennis Thurman need to start putting Patterson in the slot, so he can get used to playing there in this defense.

4. DO let Jalen Saunders return kicks. I don’t think Jacoby Ford will make the team (as stated in my 53 man roster prediction) and that leaves the job primarily up to Saunders. He will need as many live reps as possible, and Thursday is as good of an opportunity as any.

5. DO give ample playing to fullback Chad Young, running back Daryl Richardson, and safety Rontez Miles. I believe these three have a chance to make a real impact this year, and you want to see each of them take advantage of the chance in front of them. Young could push to be the starting fullback on a team that will run the ball plenty, Miles can contribute in certain defensive packages and on special teams, and Daryl Richardson is a quality back that could be utilized in multiple ways.

DON’T

1. DON’T turn the ball over, Geno. He appeared to move off his first read much quicker during the Green and White scrimmage, and he’s going to have to do the same on Thursday. Too many of his turnovers came from forced throws, so it would behoove him to work through his progressions quickly and get the ball out of his hands.

2. DON’T play Calvin Pryor. Concussions are tricky because you could feel fine one day and then horrible the next, so the Jets need to be diligent with their first round pick. Pryor is needed for September, not August.

3. DON’T hesitate to open up the playbook a little bit with Geno or Vick, Marty. There’s some familiarity with the basic concepts, but there are potentially 3 new starters on the offensive side of the ball. Mix it up, call some actual plays, and let’s see how well they’ve grasped the offense.

4. DON’T play Chris Ivory more than one series. With word that he’s a bit banged up heading into Thursday, and the nagging hamstring injuries from a year ago popping back up, this is as good a chance as any to rest him in preparation for the season opener. One series on Thursday, two in week 2, and then maybe three in week 3 should be more than enough.

5. DON’T get hurt. This one is out of their control, but it’d be great if the Jets could leave the first preseason game with no injuries.

10 thoughts on “New York Jets: DOs & DON’Ts (Week 1, Pre-Season)

  1. Saunders will not return kicks. He is too small to withstand the tackles from guys with 60 yards of momentum behind them multiple times each week. Oklahoma trusted him to return a kick all of one time during the two years that he started as their punt returner. After a prolific college career as a return specialist, DeSean Jackson never became a kick returner in the NFL for much the same reason. The Jets released their depth chart for the first preseason game today, and Saunders is not even listed under kick returner.

    Ford, Hakim, and Gates are the only players being considered to return kicks. Pick your poison.

  2. they already have someone playing the in the nickel role and that is kyle wilson and besides the jets already said they want him playing on the outside

  3. Also, just read that they cleared Pryor for contact. No one wants him to get hurt again, but he needs to go out there and gain game experience (and maybe start establishing a reputation).

  4. Couldn’t agree more on giving Miles ample playing time. I can see Rex using him a lot like he used Ihedigbo a few years ago putting him in there to blitz and provide pressure.

  5. Fair point, Dan…although a few flashes from rookies and younger players is always a positive, along with avoiding turnovers

  6. I think we’ve seen some good things from Miles, it will be interesting to see if the Jets keep 5 or maybe even 6 safeties depending how the rest of the roster breaks

  7. It just seems wasteful to use a roster spot on somebody to solely return kicks, unless he is one of the better ones in the league. If you are factoring in touchbacks, Ford could be looking at a 1-2 touches per game, max on a weekly basis.

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  9. Returning kicks is a fact of the game. You can try to go without a punt returner, as the Jets did several times last year, but kicks can be recovered by the kicking team. You must have a kick returner to secure the kicks and one that will not get killed if he has to run it out from the 1-yard line. The bottom of the roster is dedicated to special teams, making the fifth receiver much less valuable than the best kick returner on the team. In the talk of Salas and Evans (who will now spend the season on IR) and Saunders, people forget that at their point on the depth chart, their benefit to the team will be mostly on special teams and not on some gadget plays Marty makes for them.

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