The Jets traveled to Ford Field to square off against the Detroit Lions in week two of the Preseason. The Jets lacked the desired offense and lost the game 16-6 after a failed second half comeback attempt with Bryce Petty at the helm.
In a bit of a shock, the Jets trotted out second year project QB, Christian Hackenberg to start the game against the Lions. This confirmed two things for the Jets, the first being that Josh McCown will be the week one starter for Gang Green. And the second being the 12th overall selection..which has already been announced as Defensive Tackle, Christian Wilkins from THE Clemson University. LET’S GO AVERAGE BABY! While all that happened… some players looked good, others looked bad. It was basically an Amy Schumer comedy special out there.
Stock Up: Bryce Petty, Dexter McDougle, Marcus Maye, Corey Lemonier
Bryce Petty: Petty was given the rock to start the second half. His performance was night and day in comparison to Hackenberg’s. Bryce finished 15/24, 0 TDS (Had one but it was dropped by Legget), and 1 desperation lob INT. When Petty entered the game the offense clicked. If you consider the missed field goal and the dropped TD…. Petty was responsible for 13 points in the 30 minutes he played, solid considering the talent round him. Petty made a strong case for more reps during Training Camp and can hopefully continue on his strong performance.
Dexter McDougle: McDougle’s stock is flying like a Jet!
(Sorry, had to do it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). He followed up last week’s outing with another eye opener, 2 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and one pass defended. McDougle is consistently performing for Gang Green, his performance has earned him a roster spot (so far).
Marcus Maye: After years of Second round debacles, it seems Mike Maccagnan has finally found himself a producer. The former Gator Maye roamed the murky waters of Ford Field and recorded 5 tackles in his limited playtime… imagine if he played a whole game. The Gator brought his much needed “chomp” tonight.
Corey Lemonier: Marcus Maye wasn’t the only one playing in the water tonight. Corey Lemonier made some splashes in his extended play time, though it was highlighted by his INT, Lemonier also knocked down a pass and got a tackle for a loss. Considering his role in the defense, those “splash plays” will be welcomed with warm regards from the fans and the coaches.
Stock Down: Christian Hackenberg, Offensive Line
Christian Hackenberg: Hack did not produce well when he was given his chance to shine. Though his line’s performance was not up to par, he still made bad throws, predetermined routes, and got panicked under pressure. He overall finished 2 for 6, totaled 14 passing yards, and fumbled once (was recovered by the Jets). But hey, maybe we can watch a bunch of twitter fools try to spin this one¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
Offensive Line: If Antonio Cromartie created a line of Condoms, this is the protection you would get. The overall group gave up 2 sacks and produced 85 yards rushing. The first team needs to get their chemistry down, it is evident that three new members have been inserted into the lineup. Get it fixed before week one, fellas.