Finally, some football!
Here’s a few quick-hits from tonights Jets game in Cincinnati…
Sanchez is the leader:
Mark Sanchez was in command of the 1st team offense tonight. He was quick and efficient, getting the ball to his receivers. Some were catches, some were not. But Mark did not turn the ball over.
On one particular play, I wasn’t happy with his throw. Then my football instincts kicked in, and I thought to myself, “If a Jet can’t get to it, nobody can. Live to play another down.”
Tim Tebow contributed very well:
We all know that OC Tony Sparano isn’t exactly going to spill the beans, when it comes to his offensive playbook. But he had a few calls early that Tim Tebow took advantage of. He ran right out of the pressure and he ran well. Yeah, he was picked off once. But he had a couple of nice throws. You’ve got to give him that. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of plays Tony Sparano will call, come Week 1 against Buffalo. The possibilities are endless.
That means–a lot of the pressure will NO LONGER be on Mark Sanchez.
Revis plays it smart:
Darrelle Revis had a solid game tonight. He gave WR AJ Green an inside slant, but still prevented a TD grab in a goal-line situation. It was a nice recovery by Revis.
#24 was a little bit conservative tonight. Playing off coverage, Darrelle didn’t want to give away any of his (in-season) strategies. We’ll see Revis playing a lot of soft, zone coverages in this preseason, as Rex and DB Coach Dennis Thurman slowly but surely, ease the players into week 1 of the regular season.
Quinton Coples Rookie watch:
Jets Quinton Coples had an impressive 1st game as a new member of Gang Green. #98 played a big part in stopping the Bengals rushing attack.
At one point, Jets DE Quinton Coples had a sack, tackle, and a batted pass–all within three consecutive plays. That’s what GM Mike Tannebaum saw in Coples when he pulled the trigger, 16th overall in this year’s draft.
It was good to see a veteran like Aaron Maybin, giving some advice to a Rookie–Quinton Coples.
Coples CANNOT learn enough, no matter how good he was tonight.
Stephen Hill watch:
WR Stephen Hill had a nice reception from Tim Tebow early on. From then on, he wasn’t as impressive. He had a drop on a third-down play that was inexcusable.
Hill knows that and he’ll prove it on the field. But it’s early, and he’s a rookie. He just can’t make a habbit of it… that’s all.
Demario Davis watch:
Did anyone else see Demario’s 1st Quarter hit on special teams? Wow.
This kid is the real deal. His upside reminds me of David Harris’, as a Rookie in 2007. Davis really showed his versatility tonight, and I was impressed.
Ellis- Sophmore watch:
Kenrick Ellis had a solid debut in his first pre-season game of 2012. I saw him hustling all over the field, and on one play, chasing down the Bengal’s RB on the far sidelines.
If CB Ellis Lankster can keep his play up, he’ll be a lock in the final 53 man roster. I liked the intensity that I saw from Ellis.
I have to say, I wasn’t impressed. The whole group really needs to step it up this year, if they’re going to keep Mark Sanchez off his back.
Within the first two defensive series for the Jets, Yeremiah Bell had a pass defensed and three tackles. He is definitely stepping up as a leader on this defense. We can really use him, and LaRon Landry this season. They need to play to their capabilities, and we’ll be looking at the best secondary in the NFL. If injuries are out of the question, then this is the best secondary in the league… without question.
**Oh, and I believe I saw DT/DE Marcus Dixon on the kickoff team. Weird, huh?
I love it.
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