In the second preseason game it was a mixed bag for the Jets. They lost the game 22-18, but the score isn’t really important. What is important is the positional battles and stand out play of guys just trying to make the roster. Like last week, I’ll break it down into the good the bad and the in between.
Robby Anderson- Who you might ask? Jets WR Robby Anderson had himself a game catching 6 balls for 131 yards and a TD. Last week, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, and Jeremy Ross had good games, but this week was Anderson’s time to shine. Peake and Marshall especially were targeted many times, but just couldn’t get much going. The WR depth chart behind Brandon Marshall, Decker, Enunwa, and Smith is still very up in the air after this week. The Jets went into the season with 6 WRs last year, which leaves a lot of guys battling for just two spots assuming they do the same this year.
Bryce Petty- Bryce Petty had some poor moments, but overall played very well last night. His performance was against 3rd stringers, but he certainly looked much better than Geno Smith last night. There is an outside chance that Petty challenges Geno for his backup spot. Petty looked great throwing the ball deep and just looked more comfortable in the offense.
Lachlan Edwards- The Jets punting woes with Ryan Quigley have finally come to an end. Jets rookie Lachlan Edwards is the real deal and was giving the Jets good field position all game last night. It’s never great when your punter has six punts, but he made the most of them. The Jets special teams will be much improved this year.
Leonard Williams- Williams is quietly having a good preseason with sacks in each of the first two games. Williams made pressuring the QB his goal this offseason and it appears to be paying off so far.
Receivers other than Robby Anderson- This is mostly directed at Peake and Marshall. The rookies both had great games last week, but had drops and overall didn’t play as well this week. Like I said earlier, the final WRs that will make the roster are anyone’s guess.
Tight ends- Jace Amaro finally got his first catch of the preseason, and followed it with two horrendous drops. Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld both had fumbles that were recovered by Washington. The Jets look well on their way to having the worst TEs in the league once again. Sudfeld at least had a good game besides the fumble.
QBs other than Bryce Petty- The first team offense looked anemic. Part of that is due to one healthy RB on the roster, as Tommy Bohanon doesn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. That being said, Fitz and Geno looked pretty bad. Neither QB led the offense to any points. Geno had an extremely telegraphed throw that was easily picked off. You’d like to see better from both of them in the next preseason game.
Injuries- Both Quincy Enunwa and Erin Henderson had to leave the game and did not return.
First team defense- The Redskins had a few long drives that ended up scoring no points. The first was ended by a nice Darrelle Revis INT and the other on a 4th down stop. You’d like to see the defense giving up fewer yards, but at the end of the day points win games and the 1st team was good about bending but not breaking.
Juston Burris- The 4th round pick of the Jets this year made some good plays and some not so good plays. He had a big pass break up that would’ve been a big play for Washington, but he also let up a TD on a deep pass. His play is inconsistent, but the talent seems to be there.
Hackenberg – For the second straight week, Jets 2nd round pick Christian Hackenberg did not see the field. The coaches know better than I do about his development, but Jets fans have got to be getting antsy about seeing their “QB of the future” in action.