The New York Jets second preseason game (and first road game) is tomorrow night against the Atlanta Falcons. Their opener had an entertaining first drive, a brutally long rain delay and then a bunch of sloppy football from the backups…par for the course in the preseason. The starters should see a little more extended action against Atlanta. Here is what else you should be watching out for…
1 – Sam Perfection – It is a rarity around these parts but the Jets very well may have a much better offense than defense in 2019. Excitement around the unit is buzzing after a picture perfect opening drive that resulted in a touchdown to Jamison Crowder. It is likely we see Sam Darnold get 2-3 series in this game, rather than just the one he saw against the Giants. Le’Veon Bell is still unlikely to see much, if any, action although we may get a look at Bilal Powell with the ones alongside Ty Montgomery. Both Brian Winters and Kelechi Osemele are a little banged up we may get a look at either newly acquired Alex Lewis or Tom Compton with the starters. Ryan Kalil could also see his first action of the preseason with the starters in place of temporary starter Jonotthan Harrison. This blogger also wouldn’t mind a look at rookie Chuma Edoga with the starters…It was not a particularly inspiring performance for any of the tight ends who will fill in for Chris Herndon the first four weeks of the season. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Griffin is given more opportunities as he does still appear to be the front runner to take most of his reps. Outside of that, look for a Robby Anderson target or two in the passing game after a quiet opener.
2 – Holy Hell, The Corners – Oh, it is bad. 2014 bad. Trumaine Johnson is unlikely to suit up leaving a starting unit of Daryl Roberts, Brian Poole and maybe UDFA Kyvon Brown, if he isn’t too hurt to play. After those three? Here are some other names that are floating around for reps: Parry Nickerson (the guy beat for a touchdown in the opener), Arthur Maulet, Mark Myers, Richard Jackston, Curtis Kline and Dee Delaney. I actually made up two of those names and I bet you don’t know which two I did without looking it up. Mike Maccagnan basically left a rotting raccoon in Joe Douglas’ chimney and it may take him more than one autumn to fully fumigate the smell (SUCCESSION REFERENCE, folks). Elsewhere in the secondary, Marcus Maye has been put on the active roster but it remains to be seen if he’ll suit up for this game. If he doesn’t, it appears Rontez Miles is the favorite to start next to Jamal Adams at safety for the time being with Brandon Bryant also potentially in the mix.
3 – Signs Of Rookie Life – It was a quiet opener for the 2019 Jets rookie class, outside of UDFA Greg Dortch who tightened his grip on the punt return job and a prospective roster spot. Jachai Polite is still running with the third team, Blake Cashman moved well but struggled in pass coverage, Chuma Edoga was steady in pass pro but didn’t get much push in the running game and Trevon Wesco doesn’t look like a presumptive starter while Chris Herndon is out. Blessaun Austin remains hurt. Quinnen Williams looked like he belonged in the opener and should only get more active/make more head turning plays as the weeks pass.