The New York Jets knocked off the New York Giants 28-18 in the last extended action for their starters this pre-season. Here are a few initial observations…
1. It was a good night for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished 9/14 for 127 yards with 2 touchdowns. The gaudy stat line is a touch misleading because Fitzpatrick missed Brandon Marshall on a should have been touchdown on a stop and go route and one of the touchdowns was on a walk in screen. However, Fitzpatrick protected the football and was both accurate and effective in the short to intermediate passing game, which is exactly what the Jets need. The highlight of his night came when he worked with Eric Decker (3 receptions, 52 yards), including this 18 yard touchdown after he broken open on a deep post. He also later showed good touch hitting Decker on a deep out cut after rolling out on the boot (which is becoming a favorite call of Chan Gailey).
2. Elsewhere offensively, Quincy Enunwa finally made a few plays with the first unit he has been spending so much time with. He sprung Chris Ivory for a 12 yard run by sealing the edge, caught a pass on a bootleg for 6 yards and later had another solid block to help Ivory move the chains. Enunwa is basically functioning in a H-Back type role for the team while Jace Amaro continues to sit with a shoulder injury and is likely looking at a decent sized role early in the season.It was another strong night for Ivory, who had 38 yards on 6 carries. Zac Stacy is probably going to stick on the roster for now, especially with injuries to Daryl Richardson and Stevan Ridley. Stacy finished with 60 yards rushing and the above touchdown reception. Bilal Powell banged up his leg but was able to come back in the game. The offensive line was steady tonight and continued to get a good push in the running game.
3. Defensively, the first unit finally came up with a few stops and forced a turnover which happened to go for a touchdown. Antonio Cromartie had a vintage “Cro” moment after a rough summer by perfectly reading a James Jones route and taking it back to the house. The run defense was solid but the news of the night was Leonard Williams leaving the game with a leg injury. Hopefully, he will be cleared for week one but the extent of his injury is still unknown. Darrelle Revis vs. Odell Beckham Jr was fun to watch but lacked any fireworks (outside of Beckham grabbing a pass one handed…out of bounds).
4. Walter Powell made a statement for a roster spot with a beautiful punt return for a touchdown. Chris Owusu had a pair of nice kick returns as well and neither did much offensively. It will be interesting to see how the 6th and potentially 7th receiver spot shakes out. It will likely depend on what happens next week against Philadelphia.
5. Other observations: Trevor Reilly played well in extended action and should find his way on the roster. Leger Douzable recorded a sack and could be headed to more playing time than expected early in the season. It was another rough night for Demario Davis, who picked up two third down penalties and continued to be a tackle missing machine. Davis seems to be trending from JAG in the wrong direction.