1 – Sam The Prince It was another encouraging performance from Sam Darnold, who went 5/7 for 46 with a touchdown. It is only the preseason but Darnold looks the part. He is leading a no huddle, uptempo offense and making throws like this. This looks like an improved, more accurate/confident quarterback that had Jets fans drooling after the Houston and Green Bay games last season. Darnold’s comfort level in the pocket looks miles ahead of where it was last season, even when he was playing well.
2 – WR1? 3 targets and 3 catches for Robby Anderson, including a tough grab in double coverage on a slant route on third down to move the chains. Anderson is always going to do his best work outside of the numbers but if he can increase his consistency over the middle of the field, there is no reason he can’t be a 1,000 yard receiver in this offense. Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder and a healthy Quincy Enunwa are going to free up better matchups for him than he had to work through in both 2017 and 2018.
3 – Gregg The Jets were not shy about dialing up the blitzes last night. After a bland opening last week. They recorded 5 sacks and a whopping 14 quarterback hits. (Why did Atlanta leave Matt Ryan in so long, by the way?). The Jets are going to need to cover up their secondary deficiencies with a pass rush and with their edge pass rush, that pass rush is going to come mostly from an aggressive blitzing scheme.
4 – Kicker Woes Bring in five more people next week for tryouts. Talk somebody out of retirement. Taylor Bertolet isn’t going to be it. A questionable kicker situation can be a crippling issue for a team. What is Matt Bryant up to these days?
5 – Signs Of Q These are the type of plays that made many think Quinnen Williams was the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft. It was a quiet opener for him but he was active last night, regularly moving the line of scrimmage. We are still yet to see him, Leonard Williams and Henry Anderson in action together but is fun to picture their potential, especially against questionable offensive lines.
6 – Not Yet It doesn’t look like Jachai Polite is going to be an impact player on this defense in the early parts of the 2019 season, or maybe at all this year. He is still running with the third team and the game looks too fast and physical for him at the moment. Jordan Jenkins, Frankie Luvu and Brandon Copeland all look substantially further along than him at the edge position and he doesn’t provide much, if any, special teams value.
7 -Ty Time The upgrade from Elijah McGuire/Trenton Cannon to Ty Montgomery as Le’Veon Bell’s primary backup is going to be massive for the Jets offense. Montgomery has looked explosive all summer and his versatility will be a key component of the Jets personnel packages, even when Bell is out there. At this point, McGuire doesn’t look like he will make the 53 man roster as Bilal Powell was back last night and looked like his old self in limited reps.
8 – RT? The Jets got a look at Chuma Edoga as the starting right tackle last night. He struggled at times (allowing a sack to Vic Beasley) but has a legitimate chance to see substantial time this year due to Brandon Shell being banged up again (and being fairly average when out there). The Jets offensive line injury situation is concerning as Brian Winters and Kelechi Osemele are also banged up. The chemistry may not be there early in the season, which is a problem against Buffalo, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Dallas’ defensive lines.
9 – Inside Linebacker Avery Williamson has seen extended work with the backups. As a free agent holdover from the old regime, it is worth monitoring if the team is going to regularly play personnel packages that only has one inside linebacker on the field (CJ Mosley) or gives rotational work to Blake Cashman and Neville Hewitt next to Mosley. Williamson is still a liability in pass coverage despite being a solid two down linebacker.
10 – Secondary There is nothing left to say. There simply isn’t enough talent or depth in this positional group to compete right now. It will be major liability until the team makes an aggressive move and fully looks to rebuild it in the offseason.
11 – Doesn’t Matter But We don’t need to see Davis Webb anymore, Luke Falk has easily been the better quarterback if the Jets are looking to hang on to one long term.
12 – Updated 53 Man Projection
- QB: Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian
- RB: Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, Trenton Cannon
- WR: Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder, Quincy Enunwa, Josh Bellamy, Greg Dortch, Deonte Thompson
- TE: Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown
- OL: Ryan Kalil, Brandon Shell, Kelvin Beachum, Brian Winters, Kelechi Osemele, Tom Compton, Chuma Edoga, Jonotthan Harrison, Alex Lewis
- DL: Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, Henry Anderson, Bronson Kaufusi, Foley Fatukasi
- ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson, Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman
- Edge: Jordan Jenkins, Frankie Luvu, Brandon Copeland, Jachai Polite
- Corner: Trumaine Johnson, Brian Poole, Daryl Roberts, Kyvon Brown, Marcus Cooper, TBD Veteran, TBD Veteran
- Safety: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles, Brandon Bryant, Doug Middleton
- Specials: Thomas Hennessy, Lachlan Edwards, TBD Kicker