Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Jets vs. Colts Recap

Joe Caporoso reviews the New York Jets pre-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts

The New York Jets opened their pre-season with a 13-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Like most pre-season games, there was a healthy mix of positive and negatives. In today’s 12 Pack, we roll through six of each…

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1 – Good: Dee Milliner picked up where he left off last December. He was targeted twice and had his receiver blanketed both times, coming up with two pass breakups. The only negative? He got himself in perfect position for an interception when the Colts tried to beat him with a vertical route but he dropped the ball. This defense needs turnovers desperately, so missed opportunities like that hurt.

2 – Bad: Dimitri Patterson had an ugly debut in green and white. He was easily beat for a big third down conversion on the first drive of the game when he slipped. Later, he was beat for a 45 yard gain by Da’Rick Rogers, who simply ran right by him. Rex Ryan kept him playing late into the second half, where he picked up a defensive holding on a third down that moved the chains. Was it just a bad night or should Darrin Walls and/or Dexter McDougle begin getting a more extended look with the starters? I’d think we will see just that against the Bengals in 9 days.

3 – Good: The quarterbacks. There was momentary CONTROVERSY INSANITY after Mike Vick led the Jets on a 80 yard touchdown drive that culminated in a Chris Johnson touchdown. The reality is that Vick was playing with the Jets starting offense against the Colts backup defense and his 80 yard drive was aided by two 15 yard personal fouls by Indianapolis. However, Vick showed he can still do damage outside the pocket with a head-turning 15 yard scramble on 3rd and long. He also converted a 4th down with a short pass to Tommy Bohanon. He played well but 3/6 for 17 yards against a backup defense doesn’t demand a QB controversy, folks.

Geno Smith played good, not great. He looked much more comfortable in the pocket and protected the football. His highlights were a 11 yard bullet to Jeff Cumberland, a 10 yard run on a read-option and what would have been a 15 yard strike to Eric Decker, which was unfortunately called back. The Jets didn’t push the ball down the field and he looked a little bit skittish on a 3rd and short when the blitz got in his face. Yet, overall he looked much more like “Good Geno” than “Bad Geno” from 2013.

4 – Bad: Oh, the Penalties. ENOUGH! David Nelson with a false start. Antonio Allen with a holding. Sheldon Richardson with a neutral zone infraction. Calvin Pace offsides. The Jets were sloppy here last season and it carried over to tonight. They aren’t an explosive or consistent enough team to regularly overcome shooting themselves in the foot with mental mistakes.

5 – Good: 2nd and 3rd round debuts. Jace Amaro looked a little out of sorts at times but did haul in two catches for two first downs and had a nice rumble up the sideline on one of them. Dexter McDougle looked like he belonged and could be pushing for playing with the starters sooner rather than later if Patterson’s struggles continue.

6 – Bad: Where is the running game? Chris Ivory left with a rib injury. Bilal Powell didn’t suit up because of his hamstring. Chris Johnson, Ivory and Daryl RIchardson combined for 20 carries for 46 yards. The Jets still aren’t getting a great push upfront, which was an issue at times last season. It was good to see Willie Colon back out there though getting reps next to Breno Giacomini though.

7 – Good: Welcome aboard. Eric Decker caught a couple of passes and looked like his smooth, great route running self. Chris Johnson caught a couple of passes and scored a touchdown. As mentioned before, Vick played well. A good start for Idzik’s free agents on offense, although Patterson’s stinker was a downer on the other side of the football.

8 – Bad: Where are the big plays? No forced turnovers. The Jets had one completion go for longer than 13 yards (a 22 yarder to Michael Campbell) and outside of a Alex Green 20 yard run, never popped a big play with one of their halfbacks. Also, you are obviously never satisfied with just one total touchdown.

9 – Good: – No major injuries. This is always important, as we saw Colts lineman dropping like flies early in the game. It sounds like Ivory’s rib injury isn’t too serious and outside David Nelson banging up hand, which also didn’t sound serious…the Jets left unharmed.

10 – Bad: It would have been nice to see a sack or at least a pressure from the edge rushers. Looking at you Quinton Coples and Jason Babin.

11 – Good: Leftovers – The game clinching sack from IK ENEMKPALI, who was also active on special teams. Trevor Reilly played well in the 4th quarter as well. The special teams coverage was sharp all around with a few notable plays from Rontez Miles and Troy Davis. TJ Barnes continued a strong summer with a sack.

12 – Bad: Leftovers – Kyle Wilson was beat easily for a third down conversion by TY Hilton and missed a tackle in the backfield. 12 Jets players managed a reception tonight…none of them happened to be Stephen Hill, who had another milk carton performance. He played with Geno, Vick and Matt Simms so the excuse that Geno never looks at him is invalid. Rookie Jeremiah George had an opportunity to run with the first team for a series and was promptly beat for two receptions and a touchdown. Jacoby Ford went back for two kick returns and watched two touchbacks sail over his head. This is going to be a regular occurrence, hence the problem with keeping somebody who only returns kicks.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • glegly

    is it too early to give Dimitri the “Toast” nickname, a la Elvis P?

  • BDoyle

    Nice article Joe… after watching Dimitri I was not impressed. He had trouble against the 2nd and 3rd string Colts WR. Not sure if it was just a bad game but we cant have that. Getting beat that easy of the line in man coverage. McDougle on the other hand was impressive. Didn’t see much of this guy at powerhouse Maryland (yeaaa righhhhttt) but he did cover well and made some tackles. Also, Allen is an over looked safety. Every time he is on the field is in the right spot making the right play. Not impressed by our Defensive front but its early and I know Rex didn’t want to show all the different schemes but I would have liked to see a little more pressure off the edges. Decker=Stud. His ability to separate from the CB’s is huge. It was nice to see Geno already have that connection with him as well. Didn’t get a chance to really key in on Giacomini. Howd he do?

  • KAsh

    To be fair, Walls did not have a hot night either. The second-string Colts offense was picking on his coverage the entire second quarter and did not throw a pass in McDougle’s direction until three in the third quarter – a screen McDougle, Jarett, and Lankster blew up; a pass on a slant that McDougle knocked down; and a pass to a tight end out in the flat that threw off McDougle’s tackle with his strength.

    Hill’s highlight was unfortunately on a run play. He tossed his corner off the field to let Geno gain the full ten yards. Then again, the Jets focused on short completions last night. He should have still done something in the third quarter.

    Also, did anyone else notice Enemkpali adopting Babin’s four-point stance? I thought that was great: a rookie pass rusher seeing a sack master and trying to play like him.

  • Joe Caporoso

    What up b-diz? Good commentary and I agree in particular on Allen and Decker. As for Giacomini, he was a little shaky on pass protection on one 3rd down but beyond that held up reasonably well, as did Aboushi who could end up in the mix at OG.

  • John Hunter

    Excellent analysis Joe.

    To be blunt, Hill is garbage. He lacks what makes a big fast WR legit. He has no heart, and the aggressiveness simply isn’t part of his makeup.

    Ivory is my dude, but he’s a walking injury waiting to happen. I really hope we draft a solid back next year with one of our top 2 picks (Todd Gurley!!).

    Once Geno learns how to be poised under pressure, he’ll be a game changer.

    Zach Sudfeld just might be a big Y factor for this offense.

    McDougle will eventually take Patterson’s spot, and our Secondary will be pretty good this season IMO.

    Decker is legit, and worth every dime in his contract.

  • There was one forced turnover actually: a strip sack by Ik

  • Sleeve

    Hill did stalk block very well.. so there was that.

  • kevin

    geno did not look that good, and the secondary needs work. Luck was running up and down the field. Here is our recap and thoughts on the game! http://nysports.buzz/jets/jets-beat-colts-13-10/