For the Green & White scrimmage game of the New York Jets, there was a bit of good, bad, and ugly.
It was an exciting night this weekend at the Green & White scrimmage game of the New York Jets. There were some good plays, some ugly ones, and a bad injury to young star Quincy Enunwa who is now on the injured reserve list.
A non-contact neck injury ended the night for Enunwa. Coach Todd Bowles commented that “nobody touched him.” However, Bowles and company now have to move on without Enunwa as he’ll be out for an undisclosed amount of time. This raises a major concern for the Jets as Enunwa is the most experienced of the wide receiver group.
The ugly part of the night was split between the signal callers and receivers. Bryce Petty struggled at times and ended up with no touchdowns or turnovers. Josh McCown threw some off target passes and also had plenty of drops from his receivers. He did have 2 scores and at times looked like the veteran we expected. He connected for a short touchdown to Austin Seferian-Jenkins and a long score for 55-yards to Chris Harper who has been having a strong training camp and is making a case to lock up a roster spot.
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I was most impressed by Christian Hackenberg. He stood tall in the pocket and also did not turn the ball over.
Hackenberg had a great play where he felt the pressure, stepped up and delivered a beautiful ball to rookie tight end Jordan Leggett for a 23-yard score.
He did not end up with stellar numbers but looked poised and very comfortable running the offense. This young man really has a strong arm and flaunted that during the drill portion of the practice. His mechanics looked fine and slung the football with some velocity.
The play of the night has to go to “All Day” Marcus Maye! He intercepted Josh McCown and took it to the house for a 62-yard score! He jumped the route, picked off the ball and carved through the offense with ease. Maye and newcomer Morris Claiborne looked exceptional. This defensive secondary has a lot of promise. Claiborne stuck to his opponents like glue and did a phenomenal job of covering his ground.
The Jets still have a lot of work to do. The offensive line is sorting itself out, and the quarterback competition is very much at hand. The preseason games should answer a lot of the questions. Our quarterbacks will be the talk of the town as many want to see what Hackenberg can do. Petty will be under some pressure as the third year veteran has to show major progress in order to win the No. 1 spot. There is a thin line between scary and exciting for this young football team. I look forward to watching the progression as the Jets need to make huge strides to have a bounce back year!
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