Damon Harrison saw quite a bit of playing time last night, and he took advantage of it, leading the team with 7 tackles. He was all over the field, making his presence felt, especially on run defense. Other than the 84 yard run that opened the football game, the Jets’ defense did a good job against the run, and Damon was at the forefront. It was a coming out party for “Big Snacks”, and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. I have a sneaky suspicion that there are plenty more tackles where that came from.
Another sign of things to come came from Sheldon Richardson. He was all over as well, recording a sack last night. He has some moves as a pass rusher, and will be quite the tandem with Muhammad Wilkerson. Add that to Damon, and Quinton Coples when he returns, and the Jets’ defensive line should be as lethal as any across the league.
It would be shocking if Ryan Spadola doesn’t make this team. I haven’t seen the breakdown of snaps yet, but Ryan had to be pretty high. He was on the field for much of the game, including time with the ones, and into the overtime. He was around long enough to catch a 70 yard pass and a 22 yard TD pass from Matt Simms. The team clearly trusts the young graduate of Lehigh, using him on special teams as well as on offense, and he rewarded that trust with 3 catches for 110 yards and the 1 TD. He is as close of a lock to make this team as I can remember.
Ben Obomanu and Stephen Hill had nice games, with 56 yards receiving a piece, although Stephen did lose a fumble. His hands have softened up, he will record many more catches in 2013, no question about it.
There is my take on the game. We will have more detail on Mark Sanchez as soon as it becomes available.
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