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.
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.