In his around the league review for the New York Times, Andy Benoit wrote that he was encouraged by the play of Geno Smith and Stephen Hill and used their 51-yard touchdown to make his point.
Stephen Hill’s 51-yard touchdown reception was just one play, but it has to be extremely encouraging – uplifting, even – for the Jets and their fans. On that play, two key young players showed critical traits that many have doubted they’d be able to show this season. For Hill, it was the ability to capitalize on his natural speed by separating downfield and locating the ball. For Geno Smith, it was the ability to stand firm in the pocket and deliver a strong-armed strike with pressure bearing down (Kyle Williams drilled him just after he released the ball). Smith also did a fantastic job calmly identifying the coverage, as he saw that safety Da’Norris Searcy was, as expected, reacted to the inside receiver’s route, leaving Hill one-on-one against Justin Rogers outside.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comStephen Hill is still going to have good and bad moments, but on three catches he changed the complexion of the game. On the very first throw of the game for the Jets for a 45 yard hookup to but the Jets deep into Bills territory. Then, Hill had a first down just two plays before his 51-yard touchdown. This is the sort of player the Jets need Hill to be this year. Not necessarily a guy who will touch the ball 10 times, but one whom on just 3-5 touches can make game-changing plays.
In his first regular season game, Geno Smith scrambled perhaps a little too much, but it can’t be argued that his runs helped the team chalk up a win. In the second game, Smith should have taken off a little more than he did. Up against a decent pass-rushing defensive line, Smith fared well. He stood tall in the pocket, Morhinweg called a game to use Bilal Powell to best effect and Smith scrambled very little.
The Jets offense might be dialing it in, but Marty, Geno and the crew will get their best test this coming week against a Tennessee Titans defense that is looking stout after three solid weeks and an eye-opening shutdown of the high-flying Chargers offense.