New York Jets Preseason Week 4: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Aug 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets running back Daryl Richardson (35) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins (37) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets finished their preseason 2-2 with a 37-7 loss to the Eagles Thursday night. In the 4th preseason game coaches and GMs aren’t looking at the team performance, they are looking for individuals to stand out and, of course, to avoid injuries. The Jets had a few standouts, both positive and negative, and now they have some very difficult decisions to make this weekend that will lead to the final roster that reports to practice Monday morning. Final cuts are due Saturday at 6PM with the waiver claims being awarded the following day. Trades are also a possibility as the deadline nears. The large amount of cap room that some complain about will come in handy this weekend.

The Good

1) Very few injuries - Nick Bellore left with a calf injury that is not considered serious, Josh Bush left with a leg injury, and Johnny Patrick left with a head injury. That’s all of the injuries for the night. Bellore is a key special teams contributor, Bush will probably be cut and Patrick was on the roster bubble so only the Bellore injury was to a contributing player and it is not considered serious.

2) It’s still a preseason game and the Jets start 0-0 just like every other team…and they play the Raiders Week 1 - That is pretty much all that needs to be said about the way that Philadelphia dominated the game, especially offensively. The Eagles hung 568 yards on the Jets with 276 of those on the ground so it was an ugly night to say the least. The Jets rested all of their starters (except Bohanon and Winters) and their key backups so I certainly wouldn’t take this as a representation of how the team will look in the regular season.

3) Offensive standouts - Daryl Richardson continues his push to make the roster with 27 yards rushing and 32 yards receiving. He had 22 yards on a screen pass and another 20 yards on a screen pass that was called back due to a holding penalty on Oday Aboushi. Richardson has good hands, shows good burst and elusiveness in the open field and even pass blocks well. Zach Sudfeld had a great night pass blocking as he saved a number of potential sacks in the 1st half. Among the tight ends pass blocking is a skill that is lacking so the better Sudfeld blocks, the more time he will see on the field. Sudfeld also had two catches for 18 yards. Chris Pantale had a beautiful 50 yard catch and run and finished the game with three catches for 74 yards. Pantale won’t crack the Jets roster but he might have flashed enough to have another team interested in him. Clyde Gates had a 42 yard touchdown catch and drew a 20 yard pass interference penalty to go along with his weekly drop. Gates’ argument to make the roster is as the deep threat, which the Jets do not have right now other than Decker. Jalen Saunders had four catches for 26 yards on the Jets’ final drive. He was open often last night but was either under or over thrown or missed completely. Saunders will have more impact than people think, as he is shifty and gets open quickly. His skill set is very similar to Kerley’s and using them together can be difficult to defend. The Jets’ offensive line played pretty well, only allowing one sack.

4) Defensive standouts - Rontez Miles made his case to make the roster with 10 tackles, six on defense and four on special teams, and a pass defended. He still has some work to do on his game but he hits hard, plays the run and blitzes well and is a key special teams player. Jeremiah George looked good tackling in the open field and playing downhill, both of which are his strength. He had seven tackles, all solo. Trevor Reilly had a couple of tackles and had good coverage on two  incompletions. He also played well on special teams and has a chance at a roster spot. TJ Barnes was the only player on the defensive line to stand out. He stuffed a couple of runs and did his job inside as a space eater.

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