Initial Reaction: New York Jets vs. New York Giants

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets third preseason game, a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants…

The New York Jets lost their third preseason game to the New York Giants 21-20. Here are a handful of observations from a relatively forgettable night at MetLife Stadium…

1. The good? The starting defense looked terrific and generally beat up on an overwhelmed Giants starting offense. Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen combined for 10 yards and 12 carries. Eli Manning was intercepted by Darrelle Revis and couldn’t get anything going through the air. The Jets showed off their depth and speed on defense, with the only negative being an apparent shoulder injury for David Harris, although hopefully it was only a stinger.

The Jets special teams also continued to look like an improved unit. Bruce Carter blocked a punt. Jeremy Ross ripped off another impressive punt return and Ross Martin knocked down a 55 yard field goal.

Also…Eric Decker is still a touchdown machine.

2. The bad? The turnovers. Ryan Fitzpatrick coughed up a fumble. Bryce Petty threw a comically bad interception that was returned for a touchdown. Christian Hackenberg threw a third down interception deep in his own territory. The starting offense also struggled overall, especially to run the football. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell combined for 14 carries for 46 yards. On the whole, the offensive line was very up and down with Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana continuing to rotate through at right tackle.

3. The Jets are going to have some difficult decisions to make at receiver. Jalin Marshall played well with the first unit, especially on third down but appears to be behind Jeremy Ross at returner. Robby Anderson had another big night with 65 yards and a touchdown. He was also missed open down the field multiple times. Charone Peake had a 26 yard grab as well.

4. Christian Hackenberg had his debut with a head turning touchdown drive, culminating in a touchdown pass to Anderson. He threw the football well down the field but cooled off substantially after his initial set of plays, finishing 6/16 for 105 yards with a TD and INT. He is likely to see extended action against the Eagles on Thursday night.

5. It is hard to have any clarity on the backup situation right now at quarterback, although Geno Smith is still probably the guy. He only played two series and threw five passes, while Bryce Petty struggled in more extended action going 5/10 for 59 yards and an interception.

6. Muhammad WIlkerson was the best player on the field tonight, tossing Giants offensive lineman around like rag dolls.

7. Bad night for the Idziks: Jace Amaro did not play. Dee Milliner was beat for a touchdown in the second half. Dakota Dozier is going to get cut.

8. The Jets should keep Brandon Bostick over Kellen Davis, if they are keeping a Y TE.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

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