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