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5 Jets Players Who Impressed Against the Bengals

The New York Jets captured their first win of the 2011 preseason defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 27-7. The biggest victory though, was that they suffered no serious injuries.

The game started off sloppy on both sides of the ball, but picked up as it went on. The weather was to blame as it was pouring in East Rutherford (my clothes can serve as evidence).

The Jets played their starters for the entire first half, more than the quater they played last week. Their defense was particullary impresisive making life a living hell for rookie Andy Dalton. The real test comes next week when the Jets take on their stadium roommates, the New York Giants, as the starters are expected to play three quarters.

Before moving on to next week, here are five players who impressed on Sunday night.

1. Jim Leonhard

After suffering a broken tibia midway through last season, Jim Leonhard faced a long recovery and now nine moths later, the rehab is now complete.

Leonhard made his home return and was in the starting lineup for the Jets Sunday night. The safety was in the right place at the right time to intercept an errant Andy Dalton pass.

The play wasn’t exceptional, but it’s a sign that Leonhard is 100 percent. A relief for the Jets, who sorely missed him down the stretch last season.

2. Joe McKnight

After McKnight suffered a concussion in Monday’s loss to the Texans, it was unknown if he would play. Many though Bilal Powell would seize this opportunity and take over the number three running back job.

McKnight wouldn’t have any of that though. He looked sharp in and out of his cuts, bouncing a few runs to the outside.

He finished with seven carries for 36 yards, a 5.1 yards per carry average. He capped off his impressive night on the ground catching a touchdown pass from Gerg McElroy.

3. Dustin Keller

Dustin Keller had a quiet preseason opener failing to record a catch. Keller was off to a similar start against the Bengals, before waking up ion the Jets final drive of the half.

Keller got wide open on a corner route and Sanchez found him for a 43 yard gain. He also added another key first down catch later on that drive.

With the departure of Btraylon Edwards, Keller needs to fill some of the void left. In the four games last season when Santonio Holmes didn’t play, Keller put up great numbers. He could be in line to do the same this season.

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One Response to “5 Jets Players Who Impressed Against the Bengals”

  1. bd98711 says:

    I thought the Plax catch was a great play. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to side with the defender on this one. You can see right before Plax makes the catch he stretches out is arm to gain seperation from the defender. We all know that if the defender did that he’d be penalized so it really has to go both ways. Sorry Plax, that’s PI on you. It just shows how unfair the league is towards defenders. If the defender puts a pinky on the receiver its a penalty, but here, its its nothing.

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