Throughout the season, Joe Malfa will be bringing you an offensive grading sheet every Tuesday after the Jets take the field. Here is some rapid reaction to the Jets’ offensive performance against the Eagles:
Bryce Petty — A — 4/6, 87 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
Bryce Petty was supposed to play the first half, and Christian Hackenberg was supposed to play the second. Unfortunately, Petty had to leave the game early after suffering a shoulder injury. Prior to his untimely exit, he looked like the Bryce Petty that torched the Redskins in Week 2 of the preseason. He engineered the only point-producing drive of the game for the Jets, and he had more passing yards on six attempts than his replacement did on 31.
Christian Hackenberg — F — 11/31, 54 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
The stat line pretty much speaks for itself in terms of why Hackenberg received the “F.” If you watched the game, the performance itself was much uglier than the stat line. The pick-six he threw down inside the 10-yard line was pitiful, and he truly looked like a QB nowhere near ready to play in the NFL. I don’t want to be a part of the group of fans that overreacted and called him a bust because of a poor performance in the most irrelevant game of the year, but he definitely has a long way to go.
Running Backs — C+
Antone Smith led the way with 10 carries for 27 yards, while Khiry Robinson had 13 carries for 25 yards and three catches for 18 yards in his preseason debut as a Jet. Robinson did not have any “wow” moments, nor did he have great numbers, but he showed that he is healthy and ready to enter the rotation with Forte and Powell.
Wide Receivers — N/A
It would be unfair to give the WRs a poor grade as a group in a game where Hackenberg’s play was abysmal. Of the offense’s 15 completions, WRs only had four. The lone bright spot was once again Robby Anderson. He had two catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, with the TD coming on yet another deep hookup with Petty (44 yards). Anderson officially locked up his spot on the roster, having scored a TD in three of the four preseason games. It was also made clear that Jalin Marshall won his battle with Jeremy Ross. Marshall only had one catch for 17 yards, but he almost broke off another long kick return (he was tackled after a 32-yard return). He also returned two punts for a total of 10 yards, while Ross did not touch the ball once.
Jace Amaro — C- — 3 catches for 24 yards
Yes, he made a few catches tonight, but he also fumbled and simply does not look good at all. I never thought that I would say there is a chance he will be released, but his job may honestly be in jeopardy.
Offensive Line — D
There is not much to be said here. The backups did not do a great job of protecting either Petty or Hackenberg. Petty ended up injured because Brandon Shell missed a block, and Hackenberg was under fire throughout the game. Hackenberg might have actually had some flashbacks to his days at Penn State behind the Swiss cheese that was the Nittany Lions’ offensive line.
Overall Offensive Grade: D+