Game Notes: Preseason Week 3 – Jets at Giants

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Here’s some thoughts I had from tonight’s 24-21 overtime win by the Jets over the New York Jets during Week 3 of the preseason.

Overall observations

Bad things, man — The best quarterback of the night was Matt Simms – and that should tell you something. Geno had a bad game and any thought about him keeping it together so that the Jets could use the pretense to start him against Tampa went out the window after his embarrassing safety after his three other turnovers. The game is moving a little too fast for Smith right now and he is waiting to see his receivers come open at times before throwing the pass — something that doomed Mark Sanchez a year ago. And then there’s Mark Sanchez, who while a veteran who has some composure was badly sacked in his first pass from scrimmage, botched a shotgun snap, and then was walloped twice in back to back plays before coming out of the game with a shoulder injury. The Jets are in a bad way right now at the quarterback spot and there are already those talking about turning to McElroy or Simms … and those ideas not seeming totally moonbatty at this point.

Individual observations

Demario Davis — .

Vlad Ducasse — Got the start, but not sure how he did overall. He was abused on one play by Shaun Rogers on a hit on Geno.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson — The one play that stuck out to me was the play in which he allowed a pressure on Geno Smith when he was facing Justin Tuck. Ducasse also collapsed against Shaun Rogers on the inside, but Brick was blown off the ball on that play.

Damon Harrison — Great night for Harrison who had seven tackles and a number of disruptions in the backfield. He is getting more and more comfortable on the field as Ellis sits.

Stephen Hill — Hill had 56 yards but had a personal foul and a fumble as well.

Chris Ivory — Ivory struggled to create yards on the ground (11 for 16 yards) but did demonstrate his ability to fend off would-be tacklers on a hanful of plays. Ivory’s best play of the night was on a dumpoff pass that went for a first down for 16 yards.

Danny Lansanah — Lansanah had another good game in which he had three tackles and a forced fumble.

Jeremy Kerley — Up and down game. Had a few nice catches but also dropped a few very catchable passes.

Ben Obomanu — BenO did a great job getting open on that first scoring drive and turning upfield to get into the end zone for Geno’s first score. Later on, he had a bad drop on a simple slant.

Bilal Powell — While he had a few nice plays, Powell seemed best in pass protection. Powell alligator-armed a catch early on and will likely be hearing about it from Anthony Lynn in a few days.

Ryan Quigley — Quigley shanked a punt into the Jets bench in the first quarter to put the Giants in solid field position.

Sheldon Richardon — With Coples out of the game, Richardson did a good job of providing pressure on the QB and got an blindingly quick sack on Eli Manning in the first quarter while lined up fron the Nose on a 1st and 10. He seems to be coming along in his run diagnoses as well.

Matt Simms — Not sure what people will be saying this week on WFAN, but I have to imagine that his performance will kindle a movement from among fans that he is the reincarnation of Phil … which I guess in some way he kind of is.

Ryan Spadola — What a night for the rookie! If there was any doubt about his making this roster, his three clutch catches, 110 yards (led the team) and touchdown will likely end that debate quickly. Spadola did have trouble in fighting off Amukamura on his intercepetion, but Spadola is peaking at the right time to make the roster, but it will be more interesting to see what sort of role he can carve out on the team in the regular season.

Isaiah Trufant — By the way he plays, you’d never know that Trufant is one of the smallest guys on the field. He’s fierce and is playing well in the preseason. If he can stay healthy, he could have an active role on the team on specials and as a sub-package player.

Darrin Walls — Liked what I saw from the depth defensive back. Walls has demonstrated his coverage skill a few times to defend passes.

Kyle Wilson — Wilson saw time as a kick returner (interesting …) but I would venture to say had a bad overall game specifically in his work against Hakeem Nicks. He was flagged early for holding and he also had a play where he didn’t get his head turned around on a long catch by Nicks along the sidelines.

Muhammad Wilkerson — The regularity with which he was pressuring the passer was impressive. WIlkerson is going to have a great year, but it is what he can do for those around him that is more compelling to me at this point based on how good he is.