Friday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets finished the preseason with a 3-1 record, topping the Philadelphia Eagles in their annual matchup, 27-20. It was the 13th time in a row that the Jets have finished up the preseason with a game against Philadelphia. While the result takes a backseat, there were plenty of good signs. Let’s talk about the game.

Overall, Matt Simms had an excellent football game. Yes, he had a few plays that he would like to have back. There were a couple of throws that should have been intercepted, if they hadn’t been dropped. There was the safety on the intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. But for a guy making his first NFL start, he did an excellent job.

Matt was 33-44 for 285 yards. At one point in the game, Simms found his groove, completing 21-23 in a stretch after the first quarter. Ironically, those numbers are very similar to his Dad’s performance in the Super Bowl. Yes, this was a preseason game, but still, interesting. You guys know how I feel, I would have no problem if Matt Simms was under center against Tampa Bay. But, I am not naïve enough to think it will happen, but he should make the team as the third string.

Incidentally, despite the fact that Rex commented that they will consider carrying 4 QB’s, don’t count on it. Not likely.

Kahlil Bell ran like a man possessed last night. Talk about a guy that takes advantage of his opportunities. He ran the ball 21 times for 80 yards, scoring twice. His runs also “looked” impressive. He was carrying bodies all over the football field. On the first TD, it looked like he carried several guys to the end zone. Bell should have locked up a roster spot with that performance, especially with the Mike Goodson situation.

Ryan Spadola finished up his solid training camp with 6 receptions for 47 yards on the night. He should make the final 53, otherwise the word competition means very little. Michael Campbell had an excellent game as well with 5 catches for 90 yards.

Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) bats down a pass by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the first half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

On defense, Ricky Sapp played exceptionally well, showing us the type of pass rusher that he is when healthy. He recorded one sack, and one forced fumble, and was in the backfield on several plays. Don’t expect him to start, but Ricky will see plenty of action in pass rush situations.

Another guy who played an outstanding game was Leger Douzable. He recorded a sack as well, and put nice pressure in the backfield as well.

After the game, Rex Ryan said that the safety competition was still too close to call. If you saw the game, you understood why. Jaiquawn Jarrett was throwing some wood around, laying out the hits on a night where he recorded 4.5 tackles. Antonio Allen added 3.5 tackles, and a pick six.

We’ll talk about the other side of the coin on the next page.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Ladies and gentleman brace yourself for a QB controversy! The blogs, tweets, and comments are full of overnight Simms fans….many calling for him to start! Assuming the Jets feel Geno is not quite ready for prime time, Sanchez injured and Greg McElroy mostly likely being cut, Simms has moved up the depth chart at the very least. Game 1 it might be Geno starting with Simms as backup. Spadola makes the cut, no doubt, he has glue for hands. I’d rather see Bell make the cut even if it means releasing Goodson, I think he played “Jet Football” better then anyone last night, I’d like to see him behind the ones. Crunch time, time for the cuts, additions off the wire, and practice squad signings. I think the Jets could be quite active before the opener. Thanks for the preseason Allen..

    • TheJetPress

      I agree Paul…the next two days are going to be very very interesting. It was my pleasure to break down the preseason, and don’t worry, there is much more to come in the regular season. Stay tuned

  • Piazza31nyj

    The Jets will for sure be picking up some guys that are cut tomorrow. I think they might trade Kyle Wilson and try to pick up a safety. Also they will definetly acquire an OT after Smith’s atrocious performance last night.

    • TheJetPress

      I think you are right on both accounts.