The NY Jets running game struggled to get going
One of the biggest takeaways from the summer was that the Jets, despite some poor pass protection, were able to run the ball effectively. That wasn't the case on Sunday.
Tevin Coleman carried the ball nine times for 24 yards on a poor 2.7 average. Ty Johnson had four carries for 15 yards while rookie Michael Carter rushed the ball four times for six yards.
The Jets failed to get any push up front and it forced the team to become one-dimensional. Not an ideal situation given their poor pass blocking.
The offensive line is evidently a major work in progress.
The NY Jets may have found their kicker and punter
When Braden Mann went down with a brutal-looking knee injury in the first quarter, everyone immediately feared the worst. No one could have expected what kicker Matt Ammendola would do in his place.
Ammendola didn't attempt a singe kick in his first NFL game. But he did a hell of a job punting.
The former undrafted free agent averaged just shy of 50 yards per punt with the highlight being a booming 67-yard punt that pinned the Panthers inside their own 15-yard line.
If Mann is forced to miss any time, the Jets might just be able to have Ammendola handle both kicking and punting duties.