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 Jaguars:
Ryan Fitzpatrick — B — 3/4, 72 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Fitz was under center for the first two drives of the game. The offense looked sluggish on the first drive, which lasted only five plays and resulted in a punt. Fitz went 1/2 with the lone completion being a short gain to Brandon Marshall. He looked like he had some trouble with his reads and took a sack, but he shook off all the rust on the second drive. He went 2/2 with two long completions to Quincy Enunwa. The drive culminated in a 4-yard TD run by Bilal Powell, which it marked the end of the night for the starters.
Geno Smith — B- — 8/14, 79 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTsIf Geno came out of the game after his first drive and a half, I would have given him an F. He was that bad, but he turned things around in true Geno fashion, showcasing the peaks and valleys of his game. Jalin Marshall’s 84-yard kick return set the offense up with a red zone opportunity before the half. Geno threaded the needle to Charone Peake, who did a great job of getting his feet down and holding onto the ball for the score. On the first drive of the 2nd half — Geno’s final drive of the game — he went 5/7 for 53 yards to set up a Ross Martin 23-yard field goal.
Bryce Petty — C — 7/14, 93 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Petty did not look nearly as bad and as lost as he did last year. He actually looked like a comfortable, NFL quarterback, but the numbers weren’t great and he was going up against the 3rd-string defense.
Running Backs:Bilal Powell — B — 4 carries for 13 yards and 1 TD
In limited action, Powell looked like the same quick, shifty back with sneaky power that we all remember. He most certainly will not be the goal line running back come Week 1, but he did a good job of punching it in from the 4-yard line.
Romar Morris — C — 11 carries for 27 yards; 2 catches for 24 yards
With the RBs ahead of him on the depth chart, Morris has absolutely no chance of making this team. Tonight was simply a respectable performance that may catch the eye of another team looking to fill out the back end of its roster.
Dominique Williams — B+ — 3 carries for 17 yards
Williams actually looked pretty good, but he suffered a head injury after his best run of the game. He started towards the sideline before stumbling to the ground — hopefully he is alright and it is nothing serious.
Wide Receivers — B-
Collectively, the WRs were average, but three caught my attention: Charone Peake, Jeremy Ross, and Jalin Marshall.
Charone Peake — A — 4 catches for 45 yards and 1 TD
The 7th-round pick out of Clemson made a statement as he looks to land a spot as the 5th or 6th WR. He looked sharp in his route running, did a nice job of getting open, and made a great catch for a TD from Geno Smith. He might have fallen to the 7th, but he showed tonight why he had a 3rd-round grade according to some draft experts.
Jeremy Ross — A — 3 catches for 51 yards
Aside from the solid stat line at WR, Ross had a 51-yard kick return. He his a speedster capable of making big plays, and while his best chance at making the team is as a return man, he put his receiving abilities on display last night.
Jalin Marshall — N/A — 1 kick return for 84 yards
I don’t want to give Marshall a grade for what he did at WR because he only had 1 catch for 10 yards, but I wanted to make note of his kick return. He displayed great speed and vision on the 84-yard kick return that set up Peake’s TD before the half. After years of futility at the return man position, the Jets may have to great ones in Marshall and Ross.
Quincy Enunwa — A — 2 catches for 69 yards
Enunwa was wide open on two straight plays, and he came down with two nice grabs for big yardage. When the offense goes five-wide, which will happen quite often this season, he will have success in the slot.
Jace Amaro — N/A — 0 catches on 3 targets
Amaro did not do enough to earn any sort of grade, but I want to make note of the fact that he looked noticeably slimmer and faster.
Offensive Line — C
Every combination of offensive linemen produced the same “not good, but not bad” performance. The starting unit look decent, but neither Giacomini nor Carpenter dressed for the game. Mangold and Winters were the only two carry-overs from last season that played tonight, with Clady being the other newcomer at left tackle. He was beaten badly on a sack by Yannick Ngakoue, but he looked steady otherwise.
Overall Offensive Grade: B-
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