New York Jets: On Preseason Hysteria

Joe Caporoso on preseason hysteria surrounding the New York Jets

A quick platter of #COLD takes for you after a disappointing effort from the New York Jets in their second preseason game against the Washington Redskins…

People like to talk about preseason being meaningless until they actually watch their team struggled or succeed. Playing good football is always preferable to not playing good football but hand wringing anxiety over a mediocre preseason performance is unnecessary. This was a team who was blown off the field in their first two preseason games in 2015 and started the season 4-1. There are countless other examples across the league which mirror that and the reality is most of August is spent debating about players who ultimately have a minimal impact on the regular season.

Bryce Petty easily outplayed Geno Smith on Friday. He did not outplay him against Jacksonville but against Washington it wasn’t close. He has made the Jets quarterback shuffling decision harder and it is becoming more and more likely they will carry four quarterbacks, a less than ideal situation. The next two games are critical for both Smith and Petty, as one is going to be the backup and one is either going to spend the year inactive or potentially be moved.

Smith needs to protect the football and make a few plays down the field. Petty needs to show consistency and accuracy. Against Washington, we finally saw Petty begin to work through reads and put a few passes into tight windows against zone coverage.

As for Christian Hackenberg, he isn’t going to play this year. He isn’t going to the practice squad or the IR. He will be on the 53 and he will be inactive every week barring something unforeseen happening. Can you make a rational argument for him not playing in the preseason? Sure. Is it mildly concerning the Jets do not deem him ready to live snaps yet? Sure. He will play at some point this August and we won’t know if this pick was a hit or miss until sometime around 2017 or 2018.

Robby Anderson has quickly made many Jets fans drop their August crush on Jalin Marshall, As an outside receiver in the Jets base three receiver set, Anderson has a skill set more conducive to it than Marshall (so does Charone Peake). The Jets are going to have some tough decisions to make. Kenbrell Thompkins better start making some plays if he wants to stick around and Devin Smith is going to have an uphill climb back into playing time.

It was one game but Deon Simon had a few “Young Snacks” moments. If I was Steve McLendon, I’d be worried about losing reps to him sooner, rather than later. Elsewhere on the defense, I’m not overly concerned about Marcus Williams because I trust his body of regular season work the past two years over a bad preseason quarter.

Last but not least do not put Quincy Enunwa on kick coverage teams. Let’s be smarter than this. Rest him next week and make sure he is 100% for the regular season.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports