BGA: Geno Smith and the Quest for Perfection

With the Jets trailing 7-3 late in the first half, Geno Smith stumbled on his drop-back and was immediately under pressure. He managed to regain his balance and smartly rolled out to the sideline where he could safely throw the ball out of bounds to avoid any loss of yardage. It was a good recovery by Smith, in a situation where he might have lost yardage or even tried to force something and risked a turnover in the past. What happened afterwards was more remarkable though, as Smith was statistically perfect from that point onwards.

Twelve passes, 12 completions. He actually had fewer incompletions than Michael Vick over the last 32 and a half minutes of the game, leaving you wondering whether anything less than a perfect 12-for-12 would have still been enough to spark the comeback win. With the running game taking control in the second half, you can’t get a better game manager performance than that. Or can you?

In reality, this is more of a statistical anomaly than anything else. Smith did throw an incompletion in the second half – an overthrow to Eric Decker on the outside – but it was negated by a defensive penalty. Still, he also had two other completions that didn’t count – one negated by a penalty and one because it was a two point conversion. The 12 completions in a row were a career-best (his previous high being eight) and although they only accounted for 98 yards, the fact he could even touch this statistic considering where he was 12 months ago is noteworthy. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: One win in the bank

Welcome to BGA! We’ll be here the day after every Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We’ll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out. We’ll also post a summary with links to all the articles later on today.

Let’s move on to discuss yesterday’s game…

So, the Jets made it through the first game and now head into the “murderers’ row of elite quarterbacks” phase of their 2014 schedule (also known as the “where desire for a convenient narrative outweighs the reality of Phil Rivers and Jay Cutler’s actual levels of relative eliteness” phase of the their schedule). And they do so with one win safely in the bank.

This was a fascinating game to analyze, with the Jets seemingly competing with their own inability to not shoot themselves in the foot as much as they were facing off against the Raiders for most of the game. As always following the first game of the season, we’re not going to be able to truly contextualize what went on for a few weeks now. Until the Raiders prove to be a better-than-expected team, then the 400+ offensive yards and second half defensive mastery cannot be viewed as a great performance. If the Raiders continue struggle on both fronts over the next few weeks, then that will put this Jets win into perspective.

Still, the Raiders look much improved to me and the way the Jets took control of the game in the second half was definitely encouraging. On the other hand, penalties and mistakes in an inconsistently sloppy first half performance meant that the Jets left points on the table that could have seen them practically home and dry before the second half was even underway. In the end, the second half was tense with the Jets just one more bad mistake away from falling behind for most of it. To read more of this story, click here

BGA Preview: Raiders at Jets

During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…

The Jets faced the Raiders last December, winning 37-27 after leading 20-3 at the half. However, this Raiders team is markedly different from that group. Not only have they made several veteran additions, they also have several players who weren’t in the lineup last December. Admittedly, they’ve also lost a couple of key players too. While the Jets have also seemingly upgraded, the Raiders are not an opponent they can afford to take lightly – even though they haven’t won in the eastern time zone since 2009.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Phillip Adams

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I’ve been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I looked at Powell earlier today but now we’re turning our attention to Adams.

The 26-year old Adams is 5 foot 11, 193 pounds, and was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round in 2010. Since then, he’s also played for New England, Oakland and Seattle. He has started four games in his career but received plenty of playing time as a nickel back.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from his career so far and from this year’s preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting Walt Powell

Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I’ve been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I’ll look at Adams later today, but for now we’re assessing Powell.

Powell is a rookie receiver and kick returner who is 5’11” and 189 pounds. The Cardinals selected him in the 6th round of this year’s draft but he did not make it through final cuts despite catching six passes for 106 yards and averaging 25.7 yards per kick return in preseason. He replaces Quincy Enunwa on the active roster, with Enunwa likely reverting to the practice squad as long as he clears waivers, which the Jets will hope waiting a day or two makes more likely.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from preseason to evaluate Powell’s strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Leon McFadden

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had claimed cornerback Leon McFadden off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.  Jets fans may not know too much about McFadden, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year old McFadden is 5 foot 10, 190 pounds, and was drafted by the Browns in the 3rd round of last year’s draft. He played in all 16 games last year, although only really saw significant action on defense towards the end of the year when the Browns had some injury concerns.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last year and from this year’s preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #4

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ve been keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

This week was pretty remarkable, with nearly all of the players still on the bubble managing to find themselves a role apart from a couple of surprising special teams cuts. As ever, we’ll break down how each player performed in this week’s preseason action, while also providing an update on their roster status.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie was rested for the final preseason game. Despite starting the first three games, Cromartie saw very limited action and was barely targeted so it’s difficult to get a read on whether he’ll ever return to his pre-2013 form. He did have one interception on a pass that was tipped three times, but otherwise it was a quiet preseason, which I suppose is what you want from your cornerbacks. He’ll start at corner.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes looked exceptionally sharp on a couple of plays here, as he made an appearance in the first half. First of all, he caught a short pass on the outside, then turned upfield, beat rookie Justin Gilbert to the edge and went in for a 32-yard score. Later on, he broke a couple of tackles on a 30-yard punt return. He was targeted three other times with one broken up, one too low and one well over his head, but showed enough big play ability to warrant a place on their team and is expected to be their number three receiver.

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight got some solid work here, rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, all in the second half. He also caught a seven yard pass and had two unremarkable kickoff returns. Most of his yardage came on runs off the edge, the longest of which went for 13. He did go up the gut a few times though, including on his one yard scoring run in the third quarter. McKnight also got some work as a wideout with one throw behind him and another being caught for an apparent 36-yard touchdown only for him to be flagged for stepping out of bounds on his route. That was perhaps his most impressive play as he beat his man down the sideline and then side-stepped the safety at the five. I didn’t expect McKnight to make their team, but he did, one of five running backs to make it. After his issues last year, it was good to see him making plays again.

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