The TOJ Roundtable is back. Make sure to give everybody a follow on Twitter and to let us know your opinion down in the comment section below! Today’s question is…
What are you hoping to see from the New York Jets in their pre-season home opener against the Atlanta Falcons?
Joe Caporoso – I want to see a few basic things. First, Ryan Fitzpatrick play extended reps with the starting unit and complete a few passes that travel over ten yards in the air. Second, improved tackling from the defense, particularly Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist. Third, signs of life from Demario Davis that last week was an aberration of him being a much slower, less instinctive version of his normal self. Finally, it has been a tough few weeks for the team, while pre-season is generally meaningless, a few touchdowns and turnovers could hopefully generate a little positive momentum heading towards the regular season.
Joe Malfa- I would like simply to see more play from the starters before I pass any judgment on wanting to see one specific thing out of this team; they really didn’t show enough in week one for me to say “oh, they need to do this a lot better.” Fitzpatrick was on a short, one-drive leash, and the defense had its struggles but didn’t stay in long enough to redeem themselves. I don’t really fault the defense for poor play, however, because the schemes they were running were very vanilla, there are a lot of new pieces that need to mesh, and they were without Muhammad Wilkerson.
If I had to point out a few specifics, I want to see Fitzpatrick throw the ball more, Kerley see the field with the starters (where he belongs), the defense play as more of a unit and make more plays (turnovers, sacks, etc.), and continued positive play from the offensive line and the running backs (the main bright spots from last week).
Dalbin Osorio – I’d like to see Ryan Fitzpatrick throw more than 3 passes. The Jets can’t go into Week 1 versus Cleveland with Fitzpatrick only throwing 10-15 passes…that’s not going to fly. The Jets need to take the training wheels off. Week one versus Detroit had ALOT around it with the team needing to adjust, but now it is time to play ball. A couple of drives where the offense gets a TD is what I am looking forward to seeing. The Falcons have an improved pass rush with the addition of Clemson standout Vic Beasley, so I’d like to see the OL continue to keep the QBs clean. They did a very good job in run blocking last week, so hopefully that continues this week. I’d also like to see a better showing from Demario Davis, Marcus Gilchrist, and Antonio Cromartie. All three played poorly last week, and all three are expected to be contributors for a defense that can be very good this season. Finally, I’m hoping to see a turnover or two forced by the defense.Jason Wiles – I want to see some quality play from RBs Daryl Richardson and Zac Stacy with the first team offense, and improved tackling from the defense. The Jets have a very deep RB group this year, but they should try and narrow down the position group to only four on the 53 man roster. Ivory proved he hasn’t lost a step and Powell showed that he can block well against the pass rush, but one of the last two slots are up for grabs. Stevan Ridley may eventually take one of them, so Stacy and Richardson should battle it out for the last spot and playing with the first team offense would give a great gauge of who has the upper hand.
The Jets defense was an absolute mess against the Lions run attack. One of the top rushing defenses in the league last year looked amateurish against Lions RB Ameer Abdullah, and Golden Tate got by several players before scoring on his 35 yard TD. Hopefully the talent gels to the system as the year goes on, but this was not a promising start with bad pursuit angles and missed opportunities.