Young talent of Jets shine in overtime win against 49ers
The New York Jets didn’t play amazing in their overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers, but they were able to give young talent a chance to prove themselves.
It wasn’t always pretty for the New York Jets in their 23-17 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, but a win is a win. However, there was one major positive in that game: the young talent got a chance to prove themselves on offense.
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This is exactly what they need to do for the rest of the season. We know the current veterans can’t execute so they need to keep coaching up and playing their young talent. While they weren’t always outstanding, they were able to manage the game and earn a win.
One-year quarterback Bryce Petty didn’t wow the fans by any means, but he was able to lead the team to five scoring drives. He also had 257 passing yards and a 75.5 quarterback rating. This isn’t great, but it’s something to work with.
Up-and-coming running back Bilal Powell did amazing. Matt Forte exited the game early with an injury, but Powell came in with no problem at all, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns (one of them was the game-winner). This game proved that he is able to be our starting running back.
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And now for my personal favorite, rookie wide receiver Robby Anderson: He had six receptions for 99 yards and even twelve rushing yards. Again, not phenomenal, but it’s something to build upon.
These kids played their hearts out, and they definitely deserve to be the three starters in the last three games. If they keep improving, then they need to be given the opportunity to keep competing for the starting job next season.
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Overall, it was good to have given these kids the opportunity to play and show what they are worth. If the coach knows what’s good for this team, he will keep playing these kids to end the season on a high note.