TOJ Game Review: Jets vs. Eagles, Leftover Roster Thoughts

Dalbin Osorio reviews the New York Jets pre-season finale vs. the Eagles and gives his 53 man roster prediction

The preseason has come to a close and we are now 10 days away from kickoff of the New York Jets season. We’ll begin to preview that first match-up here at TOJ over the next week, but let’s take one last look at the first preseason under new Head Coach Todd Bowles…

Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson played the entire game and both played well. Flynn threw the first interception of the preseason by a Jets quarterback, a stat made all the more impressive by the history of Jets quarterbacks. Flynn looked comfortable in the offense and his touchdown strike was a beautiful throw. He did have the one mistake, and it’s magnified by it being in the red zone. Other than that, he played well.

Johnson played well and did not have notable any mistakes. He displayed a strong arm and inconsistent accuracy that isn’t helped by sometimes spotty footwork. For a guy just recently signed though, he ran the offense well and utilized his legs.  If the Jets only keep one quarterback, I’d keep Johnson just because I think his ceiling is higher.

At running back and wide receiver, Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson both continued strong preseasons, and both showed what they might be able to bring to the team. I’d be more inclined to keep both and cut Tommy Bohanon. Richardson brings a much needed speed element that doesn’t exist on this offense right now and Stacy gives the Jets another pass catching and goal line option.

With the receivers Walt Powell, Chris Owosu, and Shaq Evans all produced. I don’t think Evans did enough to stick over the other two and he might be headed to the to practice squad. Quincy Enunwa is your starting H-back essentially, so a poor decision by Bowles to have him out there. He was hurt twice and the Jets are perilously thin at TE.

The offensive line was solid again, whereas the defensive line showed their depth. Jarvis Harrison in particular stood out, and I’m really excited to see him going forward. He’s come in and been focused, and I haven’t seen anything that’s made me question his football desire. No one in particular stood out on the defensive line, but they dominated the Eagles offensive line for the most part.

At linebacker and in the secondary, a few guys continued excellent preseasons. Darrin Walls had two interceptions and will be a valuable depth player going forward. Taiwan Jones had a few big hits and was excellent against the run. Trevor Reilly made a bunch of plays and was all over the ball. Deion Barnes had a sack off the edge too. It was a rough night for Dexter McDougle as he continues to work his way back, and it capped off an inconsistent preseason that showed he has all the tools to be very good but he’s still a work in progress.

All in all, you have to be excited about the potential of this team. One turnover through four games will keep the Jets in every game, and their running game should allow them to play ball control against teams with clear advantages at QB. They also finished the preseason with a plus seven turnover margin

Final Preseason Thoughts
If you buy into preseason, the Jets will be methodical on offense with the occasional shot down the field. They will lean on their running game and generally use their QBs on bootlegs and play action designed roll outs to change the throwing lanes and take advantage of more favorable match-ups. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall will be used to create those mismatches. Quincy Enunwa is going to be key until Devin Smith returns. The offensive line will be dominant in the run game, and the defensive line has the potential to be special with the addition of Leonard Williams. Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey are going to do their best to maximize their talents on each side of the ball, but Gailey showed his willingness to adapt to his personnel more than Bowles’ defense. The one game the Jets game planned for, the Giants, highlighted his versatility more but the Giants are a bad team. The Jets are going to have to beat up on bad teams if they want to make the playoffs. All in all, a good first preseason for Todd Bowles considering what a ridiculous first couple of months it’s been. On to Cleveland…

Dalbin Osorio’s 53 man projection…

Quarterback (4)
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
2. Matt Flynn (released week 3 or 4 when Geno Smith is healthy)
3. Bryce Petty
4. Geno Smith (possible short-term IR, designated to return)

Notes: Josh Johnson has a higher ceiling, but will be easier transition for offense if Fitzpatrick goes hurt to go to Flynn.

Running Back (3)
1. Chris Ivory
2. Bilal Powell
3. Zac Stacy

Notes: No Bohanon and no Richardson, for now.

Tight End (2)
1. Jeff Cumberland
2. Kellen Davis

Notes: Most likely spot that the Jets add someone, because they are perilously thin.

Wide Receiver (7)
1. Brandon Marshall
2. Eric Decker
3. Quincy Enunwa (H-Back)
4. Jeremy Kerley
5. Chris Owusu
6. Walt Powell
7. Devin Smith

Notes: With Enunwa more of a TE than a WR, Jets keep both Powell and Owosu.

Offensive Tackle (3)
1. D’Brickashaw Ferguson
2. Breno Giacomini
3. Ben Ijalana
Notes: Ijalana will be the first veteran released after the initial 53 man roster is posted, in favor of a TE.

Offensive Guard (4)
1. James Carpenter
2. Willie Colon
3. Brian Winters
4. Jarvis Harrison

Notes: No real surprises here, as Winters beats out Aboushi for the backup guard position and Harrison should be the starter next year.

Center (2)
1. Nick Mangold
2. Wesley Johnson
Notes: Johnson has practiced at all 3 OL positions and provides the most versatility.

Defensive Line (6)
1. Muhammad Wilkerson
2. Damon Harrison
3. Leonard Williams
4. Leger Douzable
5. TJ Barnes
6. Stephen Bowen (Released when Sheldon Richardson returns)

Notes: Think Deon Simon had a small chance, but Vickerson’s injury sealed Stephen Bowen’s place.

Linebacker (9)
1. David Harris
2. Demario Davis
3. Calvin Pace
4. Quinton Coples
5. Lorenzo Mauldin
6. Jamari Lattimore
7. Joe Mays
8. Trevor Reilly
9. Erin Henderson

Notes: No Babin, as Henderson and Reilly nab the last two spots. Reilly gives them more than what Babin can, and Henderson if healthy will replace Demario Davis in base packages.

Secondary (10)*
1. Darrelle Revis
2. Antonio Cromartie
3. Buster Skrine
4. Marcus Williams
5. Dexter McDougle
6. Dee Milliner (Short Term IR)
7. Darrin Walls
8. Calvin Pryor
9. Marcus Gilchrist
10. Durrell Eskridge
11. Rontez Miles

Notes: Eskridge makes it over Jarrett due to his ability to play the cover one in Bowles’ system, and Rontez Miles finally makes it as the primary backup to Calvin Pryor.

Specials (3)
1. Nick Folk
2. Ryan Quigley
3. Tanner Purdum

Notes: hasn’t changed since the Bush Administration.

Suspended: Sheldon Richardson

PUP: Stevan Ridley

Short Term IR: Dee Milliner (will be on initial 53, then moved to short term IR with Walls moved to 53 in corresponding move)

Most Likely Position For Veteran Addition: Tight End

Practice Squad Candidates
• Shaq Evans
• Dakota Dozier
• Taiwan Jones
• Oday Aboushi
• Wes Saxton
• Austin Hill
• Jonathan Rumph
• Deion Barnes
• Deon Simon

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.