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Observations from the Jets 31-16 Loss to Giants

The final score said that the Jets lost last night, but there were a lot of things to like from the Jets preseason opener.

Here my thoughts and observations after watching the 31-16 loss.

  • First, and most importantly, the Jets suffered no injuries.
  • Rex decided to play the starters for the first half. A little risky, but what else would you expect from Rex.
  • The Jets ran 30 plays in the first half , 17 were passes, 13 were runs. Could that be an indicator that the Jets plan to pass a lot more than last season?
  • Nick Mangold didn’t play because of a headache. Rex said it was probably unrelated to the head issues Mangold had last week. Robert Turner started in his place. He was called for a holding penalty that negated LaDainian Tomlinson’s touchdown run.
  • Speaking of L.T. he looked liked he still had some gas left in the tank. His stats (8 carries, 17 yards) wouldn’t tell you that, but he had the aforementioned negated td run, and showed a nice burst on a reception escaping a tackle from Terrell Thomas.
  • Shonn Greene only had five carries, but looked just as explosive as he did in the playoffs. He will make fans forget Thomas Jones was ever on the Jets.
  • After Mark Sanchez’s first throw, I couldn’t help but be worried. However, he impressed me after that completing 13-16 passes, including a touchdown pass to Brad Smith. Granted it was the preseason and he wasn’t seeing any confusing fronts, but he showed great command of the offense as he steps into more of a leadership role this season.
  • Braylon Edwards showed soft hands, reeling in all three of his targets. I’ve said that Braylon’s drops have been overrated and he actually does have really good hands. It’s just the easy ones sometimes, that he has trouble with.
  • Matt Slauson started and played the first half at left guard. He looked decent to me on his blocks, though he was called for a holding penalty.
  • Damien Woody didn’t have his best game. He was flagged for a false start and was beaten for a sack by rookie Jason Pierre-Paul.
  • In general I thought the defense looked great as a whole. The touchdown they allowed was a result of the interception Sanchez threw and the other three points the Giants scored was a result of a broken play.
  • Antonio Cromartie nearly had two interceptions. I would have liked to see him reel in at least one of them. It makes you wonder if #24 would have picked those off.
  • Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman got abused by Victor Cruz. I will say though that on his first touchdown, Cruz did get away with pretty blatant offensive pass interference on Lowery. The end of the game was giving me flashbacks to the AFC Championship where Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie torched Lowery and Coleman. If they’re are fourth and fifth corner, I’m fine with that, but not any higher on the depth chart.
  • Brad Smith saw playing time over Laveranues Coles. I wouldn’t expect Coles to be on the roster after Holmes comes back and he might not even make the regular season roster.
  • Nick Folk was 3-4 on field goals. He looked a little nervous. I would have liked to see him make that 46 yard field goal, but it was a decent start.
  • In the battle for the #3 quarterback, Kellen Clemens outplayed Kevin O’Connell and it wasn’t even close. O’Connel looked lost out there and he was playing against third stringers.

The team travels to Carolina on Saturday to take on the Panthers.

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