The Ground and Pound did not make a huge debut last night against the Bengals, as evidenced by the fact that Tim Tebow was the leading rusher. Bilal Powell did not have the debut that everyone expected, rushing 5 times for only 16 yards. The only running back that looked good was Joe McKnight, who rushed for nearly 5 yards per carry last night. Joe did a lot to reclaim his lead in the race for change of place/third down running back.
In general, the mantra of “One Step Faster” did not seem to be in play last night, other than through the play of Quinton Coples and a few others. No, the defense didn’t give up a touchdown, but they gave up chunks of yards, through the air and on the ground. I found it particularly troubling to see the yards being gained on the outside on the ground against our defense, which was a problem last year.
One bright spot on the defense is that they clearly have a great deal of depth on the defensive line. They have a lot of athletic players along that front.
One shining example last night was Jay Richardson. He made his presence felt with 4 tackles and a good looking sack.
Another guy that played well, even though he came into it late was Damon Harrison. He entered in the fourth quarter, and no offensive lineman was equipped to handle him. He made a nice tackle in the backfield on a running play, and seemed to make penetration on every play he was in. Good job out of Damon and congratulations to him, as he is a very popular player on Twitter.
Not good. You can never be happy when you give up a blocked punt, especially one that turns into a touchdown. The return game didn’t look very good either. Mike Westhoff has a lot of work ahead this week.
All in all, week 1 of the preseason was as to be expected. Some highs, a lot of lows, and a lot of rust to shake off. They get back to work for the Giants game this week, and we will see where they are.
Topics: Alan Schechter, Bilal Powell, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Damon Harrison, Jay Richardson, Jets Preseason, Jets Preseason Opener, Joe Mcknight, Mark Sanchez, NY Jets, Offensive Line, Patrick Turner, Quinton Coples, Rex Ryan, Tebow Interception, Tim Tebow