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 Alex Green (25) fumbles the ball after a hit by Philadelphia Eagles Earl Wolff (28) and Chris Maragos (42) during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

1) The defense rests - The Eagles ran for 276 yards on the Jets backup front seven, who repeatedly could not set the edge and got beaten around end on many occasions. There was no pass rush to mention and Matt Barkley had all day to pick apart the Jets already thinned out secondary. LeQuan Lewis got beat on a 42 yard touchdown where Arrelious Benn beat him by at least five yards, then he got beat by Jeff Maehl who knew enough to turn around and spot the ball thus making an easy 32 yard catch on an under throw. Lewis has been beaten deep 4 times in the last 2 games. Some of them are miscommunications but they are his issues and he isn’t NFL quality right now. Lewis also got blocked out of a number of long runs directed at him. On the positive side, Lewis showed a nice break on the ball with an end zone interception. Ellis Lankster got beaten a number of times and committed two penalties, although Lankster was able to keep the receiver in front of him on the catches he allowed. Josh Bush got beaten in coverage every single time he was thrown at, every single time. Then he suffered a leg injury and didn’t return. Jaiquawn Jarrett had nine tackles and plays the run and blitzes well but he had a nightmare night in coverage, giving up a long touchdown one on one and also allowing many other catches near him. Jarrett will make the roster, Bush won’t.

2) Offensive offensive players - Alex Green fumbled twice, losing one and probably his chance at making the roster. Richardson playing well probably sealed this but Green removed all doubt by putting the football on the ground twice. Stephen Hill had one catch for 13 yards and a drop. His roster spot is on the line and that is all he could muster. He left the game after the 5th offensive series, apparently by design, although he looked still ill from earlier in the week and possibly dehydrated. Oday Aboushi probably lost the left guard job with two penalties, including one that nullified a nice 20 yard screen play. Clyde Gates and Greg Salas also had a drop in the game. Matt Simms was 7 of 17 for 121 yards (50 of which came on one pass to Pantale, who did a lot of the work on the play), he was not as sharp as the other three preseason games and seemed to be bothered by the Eagles’ pressure, which while not sacking him did not make him feel comfortable in the pocket.

3) Special Teams - Ryan Quigley averaged 37 yards per punt on eight punts, including a 30 yard shank, a 26 yard punt from the 41 that couldn’t pin the Eagles inside their own 20, and a low 42 yard punt that was returned 12 yards and another returned 32 yards. Quigley also had a 58 yard punt and pinned the Eagles at their own 6 with another one. The Jets really need an upgrade at punter. The coverage teams were not good, allowing a 32 yard punt return and missing tackles on others. Jalen Saunders had a -9 yard punt return where he continued to go backwards while trying to go forward.

The Ugly

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