The New York Jets took strides in the right direction against the New York Giants in their third pre-season game. Let’s take a closer look at the positives and negatives in their biggest regular season dress rehearsal…
Oh, The Linebackers…The enigmatic Quinton Coples has put together an uneventful and sluggish summer, which may be an indicator of what is to come this season. Coples looked like he was moving in slow motion most of the game, including on this stunt where he tried to get after Eli Manning but doesn’t get within sniffing distance. If you are projecting Coples for double digit sacks this season…why? Maybe the light goes on in September but there have been no indications of that happening this summer.
An uneven Coples was somewhat expected but Jets fans generally hold Demario Davis in a higher regard despite him being thoroughly average on the field the past three seasons. Davis has started the last 32 games for the Jets and in that time recorded 1 interception, 4.5 sacks and 0 forced fumbles, while remaining a consistent liability in pass coverage. He picked up two third down penalties against the Giants attempting to cover and had then had whatever this was when chasing down Shane Vereen. It has been an ugly camp and pre-season for Davis who appears to have put weight on and is now moving slower than David Harris, who isn’t a burner himself.
Brandon Marshall catching a slant or short in-cut and then creating YAC after it. #15 could be looking at 10-12 targets per week in this offense and is going to be a consistent security blanket for Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the season. Marshall has looked spry all summer and he should be primed to be the first Jets receiver to go over 1,000 yards since 2007, as a matter of fact if he plays 16 games this season, I guarantee that he is (call me Namath).
Our Moment Of “Why Is Jeff Cumberland On The Roster” ZenNo words.
The Jets starting quarterback played well against the Giants and protected the football all summer. Please don’t drown in the box score stats with him, though. This was the second play of the game and needs to be a walk in touchdown for Marshall but Fitz wildly misses the throw. You can get by with an offense that doesn’t capitalize on these opportunities when you are playing Cleveland or Washington, not when you are playing Indianapolis, New England or Philadelphia. The Jets ceiling is only so high if they can’t effectively attack down the field.
Quincy Enunwa: H-Back
So much ink has been wasted on Quincy Enunwa taking Jeremy Kerley’s spot yet it is really Jace Amaro that is being Wally Pipped. Enunwa is playing tight end for the Jets, more specifically the F or H “move” position that we have frequently heard Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey mention. Considering Enunwa is 6’2, 225 pounds, it shouldn’t be surprising that he wouldn’t specifically be replacing what the 5’9, 185 pound Kerley normally does. If Enunwa blocks like he does in the second GIF below, when he seals the edge, it may be a long time before we see Amaro taking his reps back.
The Jets clearly like two tight end looks, which makes sense considering how weak they are at tackle. There is probably a bigger role this year for the “H-Back” than the traditional slot receiver, especially when the Jets plan to frequently move Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker into the slot anyway, bumping the “third” receiver to the outside. Jeremy Kerley will have a role in this offense but it is likely to be much smaller and specialized than what it was in past years.
Nobody Uses The Sideline Like Revis…
A beautiful, meaningless catch by Odell Beckham Jr…