Two issues that are important to the Jets’ success took center stage on Saturday night against the Bengals: Antonio Allen at cornerback, and the battle for the second wide receiver spot.
Other than the one catch when A.J Green pushed off, Allen did an excellent job. Both Stephen Hill and David Nelson had their moments during the game as well. What did Rex Ryan think? First, on Allen’s performance:
I thought he played pretty decent, considering, obviously the opponent in particular he’s going against (is) a top notch guy. From a technique standpoint, he had his highs and lows. Unfortunately on one of the lows, you get beat in man coverage at the line of scrimmage you’re in trouble because he doesn’t have the makeup speed that that kid has obviously, so he got in trouble there. I think it’s a good learning experience. There were times when you know, ‘Hey, you need to sink.’ When (Calvin) Pryor had the big hit on that kid, I’d like for Antonio to be underneath that route, even though his responsibilities are flat, I’d like him to sink in the coverage and make the guy elevate the throw a little bit. But, those are some finer points that‘ll be good for him. After watching the tape, I think that’ll be good for him.
And here is what he had to say on the WR situation:
I think the competition, and we talked about it, the competition is deep at those other spots. There’s no question about it. Obviously, you feel great about Decker and (Jeremy) Kerley, but those other spots, it’s a real battle. To say that battle’s already been decided, I don’t think that’s a fair statement. So, we’ll continue to play (out the competition) into this game and maybe the next game if that’s what it takes.
Nothing unexpected here. These situations and more will be interesting to watch as we head into the game against the Giants.