NY Jets first-team offensive line
To be fair, this unit had one job — do not let Aaron Rodgers get hit — and they succeded. The only pressure of the night was because of a Michael Carter missed block on a blitz, and even then, Rodgers avoided contact before throwing the ball away.
However, I expected more from the unit. The first team was playing together for the first time all preseason, including game action for Laken Tomlinson and star guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. Despite missing left tackle Duane Brown, fill-in Billy Turner had played a lot with the first unit all summer.
Going against the second unit of the Giants defensive line, I expected more push upfront and more success in the run game. With the first unit, the Jets struggled to get anything going running the ball. At one point I had them at 5 carries for just three total rushing yards.
To be successful this season, the Jets need to run the football. Dalvin Cook and Breece Hall form the best runningback duo in the NFL. None of that matters if the big boys up front can't create holes for the star running backs to get through.
Additionally, in Rodgers's nine plays, he threw the ball eight times. That is simply not sustainable for an entire NFL game.
Xavier Gipson, WR, NY Jets
The final entry of the week is undrafted free agent Xavier Gipson. After Corey Davis's surprise retirement, the Jets had an opening at receiver for another guy to make the roster. Many, myself included, looked to some of the bigger options to replace Davis.
However, the 5-foot-9 Gipson made a strong push for himself to make the roster Saturday night. Already serving as the team's primary punt and kick returner, Gipson finally got an opportunity to showcase himself in the offense.
Gipson finished with a team-high 10 targets, catching seven passes for 79 yards, including four first-down receptions. His only misstep of the night was dropping a wonderfully thrown ball by Zach Wilson that would have made Gibson's night flawless.
Gipson finishes the preseason with 16 targets and nine catches for 97 yards. As someone who can also contribute to special teams, I expect Gipson to make the final roster. If he can continue to run precise routes, he may even see some time on offense.