When it came to the final results for the New York Jets vs Detroit Lions Week 1 Preseason match-up, things didn’t exactly go as planned for Gang Green. The Jets lost 23-3 to the Lions in what can be described as an incredibly sloppy game, especially when it came to the fundamentals of being a good defense. On the other side of the football, the Jets wanted to get a feel for how their offense would look without quarterback Geno Smith under center and all things considered, Ryan Fitzpatrick handled starting duties well. After all, he brings a ton of experience and calmness to the position when he’s in control.
Perhaps Jets Nation can blame the fact that it was the very first time the Jets faced an opposing team for the first time under a new era of the franchise. With a brand new head coach, general manager and players all across the team, it does indeed take some time for everything to gel together.
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Is it time to worry about the Jets’ defense since it was supposed to be an apparent strength of the team but looked pretty bad overall? Not necessarily in the grand scheme of things. Preseason football means nothing more than getting a general idea of where your team is at and finding hidden gems in the rough to make the final roster. Results don’t truly mean anything.
Both Jace Amaro and Erin Henderson were hit with injuries with no real details surfacing just yet at the time of this writing on if they’ll miss any significant amount of time. Amaro went down with a shoulder injury while Henderson suffered a knee injury.
One of the bright spots in the game was to see quarterback Bryce Petty in action as he’s definitely an interesting “work in progress” kind of athlete. He has major potential but is realistically about a year or two away from being able to be considered as a possible starting quarterback for the Jets. Regardless, he should enjoy as much time on the football field as possible since he looked overwhelmed at times when facing the Lions’ pass rush.
Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) throws the ball during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Lions beat the Jets 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, it was a disappointing game for the Jets as they will surely spend the next week or so working on tackling, better reaction time and getting everyone to rally around Fitzpatrick as he continues to take this team under his wing to prepare for their next game.
The Jets are set to welcome to Atlanta Falcons to MetLife Stadium on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 7:30pm Eastern Time for some preseason Week 2 action.