Friday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Aug 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Pantale (83) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Curtis Marsh (31) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets may have three good tight ends in Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro, and Zach Sudfeld, but a case was made last night to keep a fourth. Chris Pantale had an excellent game last night, with three receptions for 74 yards. He ran excellent routes, has good hands, and is quick in space. Pantale looked excellent after the catch, which is a sought after skill in the Marty Mornhinweg offensive system. The Jets might have to think about keeping this young man around.

Saalim Hakim made a case to make this team as well. The play he made on special teams to down a punt inside the ten is a testament to an excellent motor. He plays like a Jet, so the Jets need to consider keeping him on the depth chart.

The defense looked absolutely awful. Yes, they are the guys that are low on the depth chart, but you don’t want to see them look bad. The quarterbacks could have eaten dinner back there, the pass rush was so invisible. The Jets were torched for nearly 600 yards of total offense. Clearly, the depth chart needs some work.

The cornerback situation is still quite muddy for the Jets. The most consistent player at the position on the night was Ellis Lankster. His coverage was consistently better than the others. LeQuan Lewis had a flash with the interception, but also was beaten badly. If Dee Milliner is ready to go, look for the starters to be Milliner and Darrin Walls. If Milliner is not ready for week one, the Jets have a decision to make. If they hang onto him, they could go with Dimitri Patterson, but it makes more sense to me to roll with Lankster.

I am a fan of Jeremiah George. He is a high quality tackler, and is another guy with an excellent motor. Unfortunately for him, the linebacker group for the Jets is deep, and hard to break into. As good as he has looked, the best we can hope for him is the practice squad.

Finally, the Jets have to make a decision at quarterback. Did Tajh Boyd earn a spot, or will the third quarterback continue to be Matt Simms? Dan Leberfeld from Jets Confidential makes an interesting argument to keep two only, but I don’t see it playing out that way. Tajh Boyd did play well last night, but I believe it will be too little, too late, and Matt Simms will be back for another clip holding role.

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