After another brutal display of preseason football the Jets are making it hard to find positives. Being an optimist in terms of this team it is my duty to the fans to salvage any bits of hope I can. Surprisingly enough there were a few players that played well, but yet again the negative outweighed the positive.
1) Quinton Coples- Coples is playing lights out football which is saying a lot considering the rest of the team seems to be playing to lose. Coples is strong, smart and agile on the field. He proved his strength against the Giants with a beautiful one armed sack. On top of the sack he racked up three tackles and was a consistent presence on the field.
2) Bart Scott- This is truly a make or break season for Bart Scott with Demario Davis waiting in the wings. He showed that he can still play at a high level, leading the team in tackles with five. He was a disruption to the offense and showed signs of the old Bart Scott before his subpar season last year.
3) Laron Landry- The Jets need a hard hitter that sacrifices his body to deliver a blow to the receiver. Landry did just that against Victor Cruz making him crumbled to the turf. Not only did he have great hits he also had an interception with a nice 21 yard return. He could be the best safety on the team without a question if he can stay healthy.
4) Jordan White- With so many injuries at wide receiver someone needs to step up and prove they can play. Jordan White helped his cause against the Giants by leading all receivers in receptions (3) and receiving yards with 28. White also had a nice 20 yard return which proves he is a double threat. Those numbers are not spectacular but it does not matter if it gets the job done to lead the team.
5) Jeff Cumberland- Cumberland is not a blocking tight end so to make up for it he has to put up reception numbers even as a backup to Dustin Keller. He came in 2nd in receptions (2) and yards with 24. Yet again these numbers are nothing to celebrate about, but the way this team is playing you take what you can get.
1) Joe McKnight- Round 2 of McKnight vs. Powell clearly went to Powell. McKnight couldn’t get things going rushing 3 times for 3 yards. He did not have a reception the entire game on top of the bad rushing performance. The only thing that kept McKnight out of the ugly category was his return skills. His 46 yard return was very nice to see, but he needs to bring that speed to the backfield.
2) Josh Baker- Baker is a player who is a hybrid that cannot be labeled a full back or a tight end. Baker does a little of both but his skills were lacking against the Giants. He missed numerous blocks and did not record a single reception. You need to be able to block to play both tight end and full back. Sadly the Jets do not have a strong blocker at either position. Baker needs to step up to stay on the roster as a hybrid player.
3) Tim Tebow- Tebow started off well on his first drive but after that his play downgraded drastically. He couldn’t run or pass after a while and the offense became stagnant. He missed a wide open Stephen Hill in the end zone and the throw wasn’t even close. It is obvious that the offensive line is weak but his accuracy needs to get better.
1) Wayne Hunter- Wayne Hunter may be the worst player on this team. Quarterbacks took sacks last week and people were actually missing Wayne Hunter. Oh how wrong they were! Hunter allowed 2.5 sacks which should have been 3.5 but was nullified due to a penalty. If Hunter remains the starter at right tackle this team is not going to succeed. It is physically impossible to improve with Hunter starting. If Austin Howard is not starting against the Panthers, the Jets are in trouble. Even if Howard starts the Jets are still in drastic trouble at right tackle.
2) Julian Posey- It is always disappointing when a player who played well one week plays equally bad the next week. Julian Posey became the Isaiah Trufant of last week. His coverage was horrendous along with his tackling and vision. He had four tackles but that was only because he missed so much coverage and had to catch up to the receiver.
3) TJ Conley- One big reason why this game was the biggest margin of victory ever between the Jets and Giants is partly due to the gifts that TJ Conley gave. He punts of 19 and 23 yards, that is disgusting. He won the punting battle after the release of Baltz but the Jets may want to start watching the waiver wire.
Things to look for next week against the Panthers
1) Will the Jets finally score a touchdown?
2) Will the starters play better with extended playing time?
3) Who will win round three of McKnight vs. Powell? (Tied at one each)
4) Who will start at right tackle?
5) Will we see the option/wildcat?
6) Will TJ Conley rebound from an awful performance?
7) Who is going to contain Cam Newton?