BGA: Offense lacks punch as Eagles dominate

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of tonight’s blowout loss to the Eagles with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

This week, we’re splitting the BGA into two. We’ll cover the offense here and defense and special teams in part two early tomorrow. We’re getting this up particularly early because news of final cuts should start to leak out soon.

Quarterbacks

With Michael Vick’s workload limited to handling a ceremonial first play, this game boiled down to the culmination of the battle for a role that there may not be room for on the Jets roster; the third string quarterback.

Matt Simms played the rest of the first half and it wasn’t his finest performance as he was inaccurate early and completed just seven of 17 passes. Tajh Boyd, who looked out of his depth in his one previous appearance, put up much more efficient numbers than Simms, along with the only touchdown of the day. All the same, he wasn’t very impressive in doing so, even though it was a big step-up from his last outing.

I guess if you were to look for a positive you could at least say that neither of them turned the ball over, although both got lucky with Simms not seeing a linebacker underneath with his pass being batted into the air and Boyd getting lucky on a couple of plays, including his touchdown pass, which went through the safety’s hands as he came across.

In case you missed it, the recent changes to the practice squad rules included a provision whereby a player like Simms who would otherwise have been ineligible will now qualify for practice squad eligibility. Considering the Jets don’t usually have three quarterbacks active on gameday, there’s no need for him to take up a roster spot because he can still practice with the team and run the scout team during the week while on the practice squad. The only reservations the Jets would have here would be if they really thought there was a risk of him being claimed and his potential to be next year’s number two would make it too risky to expose him to waivers.

As for Boyd, you’d think four quarterbacks would be surplus to requirements, but the Jets have had four on the active roster before, so adding a fourth one to the practice squad wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s evident Boyd isn’t ready for the NFL yet though and he’ll have to hope someone influential within the organization still believes he one day will be.

Offensive Line

Brian Winters was basically the only projected starter on either side of the ball to play and it wasn’t exactly encouraging to see him driven into the backfield and knocked to the ground for a pressure on one play. He did have one good second level block though and wasn’t in the game for very long.

Oday Aboushi’s ability to play both guard and tackle looks like it will be enough to earn him a roster spot, but he hasn’t exactly been that impressive over the last few games. Don’t get me wrong, he’s improved a lot since last year, but you’d expect him to stand out in a game like this and he was still pretty inconsistent. Aboushi was troubled a few times in pass protection and penalized twice. As a run blocker he did well overall, but there was one failed short yardage play where he missed his block.

It looks like Dalton Freeman has convincingly won the backup center role. He avoided any noticeable mistakes and had one great block on a screen play. That likely means the end of the road for Caleb Schlauderaff, who replaced Freeman at center. He had one good run block, but was beaten for a pressure that led to a sack and let his man get off his block to stuff a run.

The backups at guard were Dakota Dozier and Will Campbell, although Aboushi did stay out there for a bit longer than Winters. Dozier had one solid block at the point of attack, but also false started on one play and let his man get off his block to make a play on another. He was solid in pass protection this week though. Campbell – who also saw action at defensive tackle – hasn’t shown much improvement this preseason. He also let his man get off his block to stuff a run.

Most projections seem to think Ben Ijalana will make the roster as a backup tackle, but I don’t know if it’s automatic. That’s one spot I could see them putting in a waiver claim. Ijalana got beaten inside once but was otherwise pretty solid.

Finally, I saw some good things from Brent Qvale this week and would expect him to land on the practice squad. He’s quite aggressive in the running game and had one outstanding block where he initially doubled with the tight end and then peeled off to drive another player out of the play to create a big lane. In pass protection, he held up initially but started to waver towards the end. He was beaten inside for two hits and his man sacked Boyd in the second half after the quarterback stepped up. He also missed a block on the edge leading to a tackle in the backfield. There’s potential there, but he’s obviously a work in progress.

Running Backs

Neither running back stood out this week, but while Alex Green’s rushing numbers were superior, it was Daryl Richardson who made the best case for a roster spot. Green had a couple of nice runs, but also lost a fumble and gave up a pressure in pass protection. While Richardson averaged less than three yards per carry, he did catch four passes for over 50 yards – although two were negated by penalties. He did also give up a pressure and had one drop, though.

I think Richardson, a 2012 7th round pick, has outplayed Green, a 2011 3rd rounder, throughout the preseason, but it’s going to come down to whether they feel they need to carry a fourth running back who will presumably be inactive until someone gets hurt.

Tommy Bohanon got the start at fullback but didn’t do anything to stand out. Tight end Chris Pantale took over for him in the second half. Bohanon should be on the roster, assuming the Jets are going to carry a fullback.

Receivers

Stephen Hill’s final chance to shine fizzled out early when he was removed from the game, presumably because he is still suffering from the illness that limited him during the week. That’s unfortunate, but I don’t see how the Jets can keep him on the roster with his failure to generate any meaningful production this preseason – even against backups. While he was out there, he had one drop as he caught the ball awkwardly and had it knocked away as he hit the ground. He did make a third down conversion on a quick slant, but that was it.

Clyde Gates made his case with a 42-yard touchdown catch from Boyd, but it was far from convincing. He did get a step on his man, but the safety came over to almost intercept the underthrown deep ball and Gates eventually bobbled it a couple of times before making the catch. Nice concentration, for sure, but you’d like to see it backed up with more production. Instead, he also had a drop and there were two passes where he ran deep and then failed to locate the ball. Maybe they were just terrible throws, I can’t be sure, but it could be down to poor route running, awareness or even just bad instincts. He did draw one penalty.

With Hill and Gates only catching one pass each, this was an ideal opportunity for Greg Salas to lock down his spot. However, he also only caught one pass, although it was a nice high snag at the sticks for a first down. He also had a pass go off his hands in a crowd. If I had to predict from these three, I’d go with Salas because he’s been the most consistent all preseason.

Two guys looking likely to make the team as receivers but primarily due to their special teams prowess had mixed fortunes on offense tonight. Jalen Saunders led the team with four catches and showed some toughness by not backing down when things got a little chippy. Two of his catches were first down grabs while tightly covered and although he did have one drop, that was on a ball that got tipped at the line. On the other hand, Saalim Hakim didn’t register a catch. He did almost come down with a deep throw out of bounds, only to land awkwardly on the ball.

The only other receiver to get any reps was rookie Quincy Enunwa who has failed to show anything in preseason having missed time early in camp. He did not register a catch.

At tight end, Pantale and Zach Sudfeld split duties with Pantale making a strong case for himself with 74 yards on three catches, most of which came on a 50 yard catch and run from Simms early on courtesy of a blown coverage. Sudfeld caught two passes, one for a first down, but did have a drop on a ball thrown slightly behind him. As a blocker, he had a couple of good moments, but did get beaten once for a pressure.

Come back bright and early tomorrow for part two!




189 comments
Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

This just shows that no one who comments here has any business doubting the professionals who are deciding the roster. Everyone is excited about Pantale who made a catch that any college TE would have made. It was a blown coverage. HE DIDNT DO ANYTHING. He made two other catches for like 7 yards total.

WW85
WW85

Aside from another CB, we need a deep threat WR. The middle will be crowded with decker Kerley Amaro CJ Nelson. Salas is also a middle possession guy.

greggreen
greggreen

If this is really down between gates/Hakim and hill. Id still take hill, younger and has actually burned NFL starting defenses. Gates has never had a good game in the NFL. Hill has at least done that. Hakim didnt look that impressive as a kick returner, i think he can be cut with gates as the kick returner. I seriously doubt Saunders can contribute as a Wide Out until he puts on some weight, so this years hes exclusively a Punt returner/ Special package guy.


If i was making the Wr roster id go.


1) Decker

2) Nelson

3) Kerley

4) Hill

5) Salas

6) Gates

7) Saunders



I still think 2 seasons and 1 preseason isnt enough to give up on Hill

harold
harold

I am predicting a top 8 defense and a top 16 offense.


With our coaches I believe that will get us 10 or more wins.


I can't wait for this season to get started!!

marcus81
marcus81

this team smells like a .500 team at best given the CB position, will have get lucky in some games like last year

jaym
jaym

So after a year, the only change from last year in the WR position is Eric Decker. And don't tell me Saunders I doubt you can count on him now.

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 Decker was one of the best deep ball WR's in the league last year. 

carlhungus
carlhungus

@greggreen I would add Hakim and only carry 2 qbs on roster...with a 10 man PS, you can put Simms and Boyd on the PS and go from there... I would expect a lot of teams to only carry 2 this year, and put a bunch of developmental guys on the PS. 


I bet the Rams end up getting a pretty good player off of roster cuts, or by trading a conditional 6th or 7th rounder to get a qb. 

williamg1
williamg1

@greggreen I don't have hope for Hill. On both targets last night, he was body-catching. That's just never going to stop. And he doesn't use his big body to get positioning either. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen


"Gates has never had a good game in the NFL. "


Miami at Jets 2012 - Gates seven catches, 82 yards.

Brendan
Brendan

@greggreen Hakim has a legit shot to make the roster because of his STs ability. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@harold

I want to see this team in the red zone where I think the addition of Decker, Amaro and CJ will give us so many more options than last year.

Bent
Bent moderator


@jaym And everyone's healthy right now.  (Knock on wood).


Our receivers were fine last year when healthy.

marcus81
marcus81

@jaym if Saunders helps improve field position with his return skills you have to be happy

bklyndude
bklyndude

@jaym

CJ out of the backfield will be a hugh upgrade.

Brendan
Brendan

@jaym Nelson with a full offseason. Amaro will play slot a good amount of the time. 

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent @greggreen  I was actually looking for a Game that hill had better then that. But the best i could find was 4 catches on 8 targets for 86 yards vs NE where he dropped the pass that would of moved the chains and ended the game.


Man was the buffalo game in year one really his best game? jezz

Brendan
Brendan

@bklyndude Don't forget Sasquatch running out there like a baby giraffe. 

marcus81
marcus81

@UncleJoesJetFarm  Dennard was considered a bigger impact player than Pryor, if Pryor is good teams will just go away from him to the CB's

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @jaym That is true but the team could have easily added Desean Jackson and Revis and still had several mill in cap space. Then everyone would be calling the Jets an SB favorite.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Brendan @WW85 Yeah, we actually throw corner routes in this one, so ours is better.

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen @Bent He did have over 100 in the Bills game last year.  Only three catches though (all in the first half).

Brendan
Brendan

@greggreen I always felt bad for Hill that game. He should have had an easy TD, but Mark underthrew him by about 20 yards after quadruple-pumping it. 

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @bklyndude What stood out to me was how athletic he is. There was a pass that was behind him, and he didn't catch, but he had great body control twisting backwards for the pass.  

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Brendan @bklyndude

It does look like they have some plays designed for Baby Gronk near the goal line.  He must have show'd the coaches a lot during OTA's and training camp.  

Even Pantale looks like he can contribute right now.   Maybe they can convert him to some kind of hybrid receiver.

Brendan
Brendan

@marcus81 The beautiful thing about a versatile do-it-all safety, is that a guy like Rex will make sure you can't avoid him. And a guy with Pryor's range can make his presence felt even if you try to avoid him all game. 


I really liked Dennard, btw, think he has a chance to be really good, but you can't really be upset with getting a potential stud safety. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@jaym Why do you think Johnson won't line up as a WR during the season after doing it during the pre-season?

bklyndude
bklyndude

@jaym @bklyndude

If he catches 40 balls this season,  you need to consider that a big help in the passing game.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 Then we would have waived bye-bye to our DL (well, parts of it). 


I think people under-estimate how much cap room is needed next year. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @greggreen Acie Earl scored 40.  Trust me, that's a more amazing stat than the Delk one.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@williamg1 @Brendan @bklyndude

Yeah,  and he has really good hands which is something this team needs.  I will be disappointed if he is cut. Need to find a way to keep him,  to much potential.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold I think he's just awkward. If he kept running on that one tear-drop pass Geno had, he would've caught it and scored a TD. But instead he turns too early and stumbles backwards like a mountain ogre. 


He's shown improvement from last year, so I'm kind of hoping he gets some reps down there. If nothing else, teams will have to take notice because he's a walking flagpole. 

Cang
Cang

Decent CBs can be a dime a dozen. Lots of guys can be if nothing else ok. Good safety play is harder to come by.

Bent
Bent moderator

@hitchhiker He will, as he did last year with Tennessee.  It's not like he ever runs WR routes or anything though, just motions out there to stretch out the defense.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm The keys to success is signing mid-level FA's? If that were the case, the Jets would've won multiple rings by now. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @BDarc23 I don't think that is true at all. We have plenty of cap space...an absurd amount at the start of the season actually. Deals could have been structured to take more of a hit this year.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @Brendan @WW85 Don't know about the Saints, I just find it fascinating that Peyton virtually never throws that route. 

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 Clyde Gates could have a 1,000 yard season and I'd be less surprising than Delk's 53 point game. 

harold
harold

@Brendan @harold 


Agreed, he has improved this year.  Just don't know if he will be come a red zone threat.  Which is sad since he is so large.

harold
harold

@Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm 


Brendan stop drinking the Kool-Aid.


We have 2 of the worst OT, a bottom 3 CB unit and one of the worst groups of WR.


We will be lucky to win more than 5 games with this crew.  And that is being kind!!

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 The team will have Harrison and Ellis, potential WIlkerson extension (that won't likely kick-in until 2016, but then they can rollover money again and eat a big cap hit to make his future #'s reasonable), plus upgrades on a team that will (hopefully) be ready to compete for real. They'll also have Harris, Dooz, Powell, Nelson and Kerley. 


I just think it was smarter to be conservative this year and see where you really need to spend your money with so many young players playing on this team. Some positions that are perceived as weak may not be once these youngsters go out and play. Or some might be worse-off than we thought. I'm fine with the patient plan since I think we all agree this team wasn't making a SB. 



bklyndude
bklyndude

@harold @Brendan

He does have good hands.  His size will be a problem when trying to find somebody to cover him.  They have been running mostly fades with him which don't seem to be a strong suit just yet.  

Geno is getting better with that type of throw,  but it's not a strong suit for him yet either.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@marcus81 @bklyndude @UncleJoesJetFarm

There are a lot of good players that get drafted in the first round.  Everybody has somebody they like or prefer. Teams can only draft one player.  

Dennard would have filled more of an immediate need,  and the Jets still went with Calvin Pryor,  so that should say something about who they thought would become the bigger impact player.