The first team defense had an excellent evening. They kept an explosive Lions’ first team offense off of the scoreboard, which is always an accomplishment, in the regular season or otherwise.
The young defense already showed us why we should be excited about them, starting with second year Quinton Coples. He posted 4 tackles and one sack, looking like his grasp of the defense is far better than it was last season. Mo Wilkerson was also back to his near Pro Bowl self with a sack of his own, despite the fact that he was held on the play. There is no reason not to be excited about the Jets’ defensive front seven.
In the backfield, Jaiquawn Jarrett acquitted himself well in an attempt to earn the safety spot opposite Dawan Landry. Jarrett posted 4.5 tackles, and filled holes in the running lanes with force. The guy can hit, and will make his presence felt back there. Josh Bush led the way with 5.5 tackles.
On the outside, Darrin Walls did not help himself, getting beaten badly for a TD, not turning around to take a look for the football. To make a play, and make it cleanly, the cornerback must have his head on a swivel, and be able to turn it and look up for the ball just at the right time. Ironically, a move done well last night by Kyle “finger wagging” Wilson. He made a nice play on the outside on a ball thrown his way.
All in all, not a terrible first game for the Jets, but there is much work to be done moving forward.