The Jets took on the New Orleans Saints this past Saturday in their week 3 preseason matchup. The Jets dropped this game 28-13, showing many highs and lows throughout the game.
1. The Jets starting defense looked pretty well but were again faced with the reality that their cornerback situation is weak as well as their pass rush. It still blows my mind that Mike Maccagnan continuously whiffed at both positions over the course of his tenure, but we won’t go down that road. I do envision Joe Douglas bringing him multiple new bodies and several different positions once cuts begin for other teams, with these two positions atop the list.
2. Sam Darnold played – OK. He was faced with some consistent pressure throughout his appearance, he hasn’t had his starting offensive line in front of him for the past two weeks now. On the plays he had a clean pocket Darnold made quick crisp reads and protected the football. He finished the night 8/13 for 97 yards and 1 touchdown, a beautiful touch pass to Ty Montgomery from inside the 5.
3. Taylor Bertolet has settled into his kicking role after being signed a few weeks ago. This was his best performance going 2/2 on field goals with his longest from 56 yards, pretty impressive. He also drilled one extra point to bring his kicking total for Saturday to 3/3. I do anticipate the Jets to search for a veteran to come in and assume kicking responsibilities this season, but Bertolet is giving his best shot to change their minds and stick around. We’ll see.
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The Jets went down to Atlanta to play the Falcons for their week 2 preseason matchup – winning 22-10.
1. Sam Darnold continues to impress, leading the first team offense to their second straight week with a touchdown on their opening drive. Finishing the night 5/7 for 46 yards, completing some very impressive balls along the way.
2. The first team D looked solid; again their biggest concern is going to be the cornerback play for this unit. Getting Marcus Maye back at safety alongside Jamal Adams, while also getting Trumaine Johnson back soon will be a much needed boost. I fully anticipate GM Joe Douglas to make a move or two at this position the closer we get to opening day.
3. We need a kicker – plain and simple. Bring in a veteran, any veteran, I don’t care.
- Talk about a fiery and passionate practice as the Jets and Redskins get under way here in Virginia, as they had about three or four “fights” breakout – even spilling into the crowd at one point. In the middle of all of this was Trent Williams (of course) and Robert Moses, both laid chippy and potentially cheap blocks on the Jets defenders during “team period”. I personally love moments like this, especially against another team. As long as nobody gets hurt, these dust ups can bring teams closer and light a fire moving forward.
- The Jets staff apparently gushed over Sam Darnold’s tape against he Falcons, after last weeks preseason match-up – so us Jets fans weren’t the only ones. Darnold has been running with the first team offense to start this week as he is expected to start for the Jets this Thursday night. Everyone from the Jets coaches, front office and fans want Sam Darnold to take this job and run with it – which is exactly what he’s doing so far. This will be the next hurdle for Sam in his quest to start week one against the Lions. If he can continue to show his poise, leadership and decision making he will put himself firmly in the drives seat.
- A handful of guys did not make the trip down to Virginia for the joint practices. Isaiah Crowell (concussion), Kelvin Beachum (foot), Steve McLendon (leg) and Lorenzo Mauldin (leg were the notable names who did not participate this week. Due to the early season schedule the Jets have, I am choosing to believe a lot of the injuries are being handled with a little more caution. As for Mauldin his time with the Jets is coming to an end as his time in the trainers room vastly outweighs his production on the field.
- It is a well known flaw that this Jets team posses, that they have lacked a legitimate pass rusher since the days of John Abraham. Mike Maccagnan should be keeping a close eye out for players who will be cut by other teams or become available via trade – I’m looking at you Dante Fowler and Khalil Mack. A couple of guys who stood out in 1 v 1 pass rushing drills were Xavier Cooper and Foley Fatukasi, both of these guys can make this team if they continue this more continuously. Especially Fatukasi who is a drafted rooked and can potentially make McLendon expandable if his leg injury is indeed serious.
- Day 2 the defense struggled a little bit, they looked as if they came out slow – Im not worried about it all the much at all. Alex Smith carved them up pretty good, ultimately finding Vernon Davis for a score over safety Doug Middleton – who is having an excellent camp. A lot of the chunk players against that came this day was while the secondary was sitting in a zone coverage, with the talent we have back there I’ll chalk this up to poor communication.
- Penalties, Penalties, Penalties – this was a huge negative for this team last season, borderline exhausting at times. Believe it or not the Jets fared well in their first preseason game when it came to penalties. This team is very young but that doesn’t mean they cant be a disciplined team also. Committing the amount of penalties that we did in 2017 will make our lives that much harder in the tough games we have this year. A tough penalty day in a joint practice – I can live with, but come game time that needs to end.
Practice #3: Final practice before Thursday nights game.
- Terrelle Pryor was mocked and taunted the whole practice on day 3, specifically from the Redskins secondary. Listen I get it, Pryor had a tough year last year with the Redskins in large part because of injuries. But enough is enough at some point, I applaud Pryor for taking the high road in his response to the mocking which you can see in one of his Twitter posts. If Pryor can stay healthy he is in line to have a nice bounce back year for us, I’m rooting hard for him.
- Sam Darnold had a hell of a day, I think Josh Norman would agree with that as well. During 7 on 7’s Darnold continued to make precise throws, giving each of his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball. When the two teams came together for “team period” Darnold’s hot hand continued. He consistently found the open receiver completing all his throws but on – which happened to be a drop. I am fully anticipating Darnold to perform well with the first team on Thursday night, inserting himself as the starting quarterback moving forward.
- After a long week of joint practices together, the Jets and Redskins can take their aggression towards one another out on each other tonight at 8pm. Some key guys for the Jets will be sitting this game out as they continue to be cautious giving them a better chance to be healthy come the start of the season. Keep your eye on that rookie quarterback we have, as he continues to try and turn heads of those within the organization.
It looks as if Sam Darnold and Chad Hansen are getting a little pre training camp work in out in their home state of California. Hansen has been impressing so far this offseason, having him impressing and building chemistry with Darnold could lead to promising results this upcoming season. I love to see a rookie quarterback put time in with his receivers or a receiver outside of the team – this is something I hope to see Darnold build on.