Week two is in the books for the Jets, let’s look at the grade from last night:
This was definitely the outing of a rookie quarterback. Geno Smith is a rookie, and it clearly showed last night.
Well, the good news is that Geno was never intimidated by the situation. He kept calm no matter how the game was going. He stood in their and took a few pretty good pops, and made his throws. Good job out of him for that. He also was not helped by his wide receivers at all. There were drops and fumbles at far too many crucial times. Geno is not going to excel if guys aren’t going to catch the football.
However, three interceptions in the final quarter is something that has to change. He knows that, and it will. But for now we have to grade honestly, and it was bad. He gave away points, and he cost his team the game. The game was ripe for the taking, heck the Patriots were begging to lose this one. But Geno Smith gave it right back to them, and in pretty poor fashion. His pocket presence was inconsistent as well, too many times he had a problem feeling the rush approaching. His internal clock needs to get stronger, and get the ball out faster.
RUNNING BACKS: C
Chris Ivory did get things going with nearly 4.5 yards per carry on the ground, and Bilal Powell did record a couple of nice runs including a touchdown. However, the game was inconsistent. They needed to take more pressure off of Geno Smith, and they didn’t do it. 52 yards from the leading rusher on the day is not enough to save the quarterback.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: D-
We have said a lot about this group already, it doesn’t need repeating. Far too many drops. The quarterback wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but when he does put it on your hands, you have to catch it. Period, there is nothing left to be said about it. And the Jets didn’t do that.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C+
This was tough to judge because the line did some better things, but left a lot to be desired as well.
On the plus side, there was improvement in the running game. It was inconsistent, but it was there. As opposed to running for two yards per carry, the Jets’ top running back ran for four yards per carry, which is obviously a step up.
However, Geno Smith was running for his life again. He was sacked four times, and hurried several other times. They have to keep their quarterback upright, and that is not being done. Help the rookie quarterback, give him time to throw, please.