Last night the New York Jets took on Washington in week 2 of the preseason. It was a poorly played game by the Jets with very few notable things to come from it. Let’s get to it…
The first team offense again struggled to move the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick led a very vanilla-type offensive strategy where the Jets didn’t take many shots down the field. He was under pressure a few times as the Jets OL got pushed back into his lap. Brandon Marshall made a business decision on an errant throw by Fitzpatrick, and Eric Decker had a drop on one of Fitz’s good thrown balls. The best player on the Jets offense was Bilal Powell, who looked like he’s ready to continue from last year as he flashed explosion and an added toughness as he broke arm tackles throughout the night. Brent Qvale and Ben Ijilana continued their spirited competition for the RT position and both had good games.
The first team defense got gashed by Colt McCoy and Matt Jones. It was not a good night for Marcus Williams, who got picked on repeatedly. On the fade to the back of the end zone, Williams never turned his head. The Jets held twice in the red zone however, with Darrelle Revis reading McCoy’s eyes the entire way and breaking free from his WR to intercept a pass in the end zone. They also had a really good 4th and goal stop reminiscent of their stop against Atlanta in 2013. It was another really good night for Darron Lee and Leonard Williams, who both look poised to be difference makers on this defense.
No recap would be complete without speaking about the backup QBs. Geno Smith struggled all game until the two minute drill and did not build on what was a nice game overall last week. His interception into triple coverage was a drive killer, and the kind of mistake Smith absolutely cannot make. Bryce Petty struggled mightily too, as he led his receivers into dangerous positions multiple times and threw behind his receivers. He finally seemed to find a groove and threw an absolute dart to Zach Sudfeld that Baby Gronk caught for a TD.
There are going to be numerous pieces coming out over the next few days about how Petty had overtaken Smith as the backup or how he deserves a chance with the first team offense. If after two games, one in which Geno looked better and one in which Petty did, make you believe that 1) a change is warranted and 2) that Bowles would even make a change then I’ve got beachfront property in the Sahara Desert to sell you.
1. Bilal Powell: Continued his strong play and is proving that he is going to be key for this offense this year as both a runner and receiver.
2. Leonard Williams: Simba continues to grow up right before your eyes, and he is showing much more promise as a pass rusher this preseason.
3. Robby Anderson: Jalin Marshall has been talked about as having his spot locked on this roster, but Anderson is making a case for him here with his speed and catching ability.
1. Geno Smith: A really bad performance that will elicit more questions about his long term future with the team
2. Marcus Williams: A rough performance for him as he repeatedly got beat when he was left one on one against wide receivers.
3. Jace Amaro: At some point you have to wonder if his roster spot is in jeopardy as he no showed one more time and displayed a lack of toughness across the middle.
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