New York Jets Preseason Game 3: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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The Jets defeated the Giants last night 24-21 in overtime to claim the Snoopy Bowl. It was a rough game for the Jets offensively but a very good one defensively and with that said here is the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

1) The Jets defensive line - The Jets dominated the Giants poor offensive line last night as Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson were consistently in the backfield whether it be blowing up the running game or pressuring Eli Manning. After an opening play 84 yard touchdown run the Jets held the Giants to 55 yards on 22 carries many of them were late when the 3rd stringers were in. Eli Manning finished 8/20 for 83 yards and looked confused by what the Jets were throwing at him. Wilkerson was lined up as a linebacker on a few plays where he rushed the quarterback. The Jets got sacks from Richardson, Leger Douzable and Tevita Finau.

2) Geno Smith’s 2 touchdown drives - Geno Smith definitely played like a rookie last night and one that might need to hold a clipboard for a while until he is ready but there were bright spots. Smith was poised and looked in control on two touchdown drives that he led. The first was an 8 play 86 yard drive on the Jets second possession where Smith went 4/5 for 41 yards and a 22 yard touchdown to Ben Obomanu that required some patience for him to get open. The next scoring drive Geno led was the one to start the 3rd quarter where he was 3/3 for 50 yards in a 7 play 62 yard drive capped off by a Bilal Powell touchdown run out of the wildcat. Smith also showed deft touch on a couple of screen pass, threw a nice deep ball to Hill for 32 yards, and has a good, strong arm.

3) Receiver standouts - Ben Obamanu had another good game with 3 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Obamanu has found the ability to get open either in man or find a spot in a zone. That coupled with his special team ability will probably garner him a roster spot. Stephen Hill caught all 4 of the balls sent his way for 56 yards including a 32 yard catch from Smith. Hill lost his cool and was baited into an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and fumbled his final catch of the game. I think Hill’s hands and route running are definitely improved over last year and he will benefit from Santonio Holmes coming back and less attention focused on him defensively. Ryan Spadola continues to impress having 3 catches for 110 yards including the go-ahead touchdown with 2 minutes to go on a laser from Simms as well as a 70 yard grab in overtime on a scramble play that set up the game winning field goal. Spadola had a ball he caught from Smith ripped out of his arms by Amukamara for an interception. The ball was slightly behind Spadola but he should have been strong enough to not let the defender steal the ball from him. Kellen Winslow also had a nice night and cemented his roster spot with 4 catches for 35 yards. He has a nice chemistry with Smith and is a good safety valve to have.

4) Robert Malone nailed down the punting job with an excellent showing with 4 punts averaging nearly 57 yards per kick. The kicks had good hang time as well. Quigley shanked one punt and only averaged 37 yards per punt on his 4 chances.

5) Santonio Holmes ran at full speed and cut hard in the pregame and looked very good doing it according to those watching him. Holmes was activated from the PUP list on Friday and should begin practice this week.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    You forgot the terrible, namely, the clown reporter Manish. Nice to see someone taking him to task. Governor Christie of New Jersey is not happy
    with the way Mehta conducted himself in the Ryan press conference and
    he let that be known while on WFAN’s Boommer and Carton show Monday. He

    “Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid, reporter. The
    only reason he’s empowered is we’re spending all this time this morning
    talking about Manish Mehta who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a
    lineup,” Christie said. “And no Jet fan really gives a damn about Manish

    “That’s my point. It shouldn’t be about that. It should be about the
    Sanchez decision,” Christie said. “We shouldn’t be giving this DOPE the
    amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”

    “As somebody who stands in front of the press asking you questions, what’s
    he supposed to say at that point? He tried to defend the decision, and
    people keep yelling at him, so he had enough of the BS. He’s like,
    ‘Enough, I’ve given you my answer.’ There comes a point, Craig,
    sometimes, with you people in the media, where you just have to say,
    ‘Hey, that’s my answer. You think it’s stupid, you don’t like it, then
    say that. But leave me alone.’”

    • Craig Hoffman

      I intentionally left Manish out because I don’t want to feed someone who is trolling for attention. I do not follow him or read his articles although in this case it was so blatant that everyone knows about it.

      I’m glad Rex and Chris Christie stood up to him.

  • Paul Newbold

    It was ugly all around in my book. The defensive front played the best, but the secondary was questionable. Wilson at corner and Allen at safety both were suspect, Allen a key in the 84 yd rush td, was out of position and still plays like he was lost. Wilson was penalized several times, and looked like a rookie in coverage. Offensively everything was lacking. Offensive line played poorly in the run game and they just cut Peterman, so we’ll have more of Vlad this season. There are still a bunch of questions concerning this team, and time is running out.

    • Craig Hoffman

      I thought the pass protection was good for the most part and I think some of the receivers played well also. Some of the best news on Saturday night and today is that Holmes is back and is practicing. The offense is better when Holmes draws the attention away from everyone else. It helps the other receivers, the quarterback and the running game. If the receivers can continue to get open as they have in preseason teams will not be able to stack 8 in the box and Ivory as well as Powell can become more effective.

      I still believe they may pick up a guard from the waiver wire late to fortify that position.

  • matr dontelli iii

    Craig, thank you so much for being level headed. It’s another case of whatever Rex does will be criticized. Geno needed reps, he missed the last game. Mark needed reps as he’d be likely to sit next game. Was the first string line supposed to play against the giants backups? And then what if mangold or brick got hurt? No matter what the team does Rex will be criticized. They could make it to the super bowl and he’d be criticized for not winning it or if they win the problem would be they didn’t dominate. Unbelievable.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Thanks Matr, level headed is my middle name, actually it’s Leonard but level headed is better lol.

      • matr dontelli iii

        I just posted my thoughts in the comments section for Alan’s ‘decision’ column