Green & White Scrimmage Recap

Here’s a quick recap of the Green & White Scrimmage:

Geno Smith drove the Jets all the way down inside the five yard line on a sharp opening drive against the starters, but the drive stalled due to a couple of penalties. Other than that, the offense didn’t get anything going until Greg McElroy’s long touchdown pass to Ryan Spadola on the last series of the half against third stringers. In two series, Mark Sanchez went three and out twice with the second unit. Matt Simms was intercepted in his only series.

Sanchez fared better with the starters in the second half, driving them down into the red zone before the drive stalled. However, he then threw a bad interception to Antonio Cromartie. McElroy continued to shine, throwing an 70-yard score to Vidal Hazelton. Smith had one drive with the backups that stalled, but then his second series with the starters was sharp before stalling at the 30. Sanchez got one last chance and this time responded, throwing a long touchdown pass to Stephen Hill on second and 16 to end the scrimmage on a positive note.

The final numbers:

(…oh, and Greg McElroy was 5-for-5 for 129 yards and two scores)

It appears that Brian Winters (who started at left guard) may have picked up some kind of minor injury. Vladimir Ducasse filled in for him.

More detail (mined mostly from twitter) after the jump.

– On the first series, Geno Smith (whose turn is was in the rotation, for what it’s worth) looked sharp, making first down conversions on throws to Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates and operating almost exclusively out of the shotgun. Bilal Powell had a long run, but his three yard touchdown (on a wildcat play) was negated by an illegal formation penalty and the drive stalled when Powell dropped a pass on fourth and two. David Harris had a pass defensed and Antonio Allen had a would-be sack on the drive.

– Mark Sanchez took the next series with the backups going against the second string defense. After two short gains, a bad snap by Caleb Schlauderaff on third and short ended the drive, after which Robert Malone boomed a punt into the endzone.

– The next drive saw Sanchez and the backups against the starting defense and featured a sack by Calvin Pace. Again the drive stalled when Konrad Reuland dropped a pass.

– Smith then took over with the starters against the backups and probably would have been sacked on 3rd and eight, completing a short pass to Gates (his third catch) for a disappointing three and out.

– Matt Simms quarterbacked the third unit against the second string defense on the next series. You may recall Simms performed well in last year’s Green & White scrimmage. On third and long, he was intercepted by Eric Crocker.

– Greg McElroy then got his chance, going 4-for-4 and throwing a long touchdown to Ryan Spadola, the only score of the first half.

– Sanchez got to work with the first unit in the second half against the starters and ran a hurry-up offense. He completed a first down pass to Jeremy Kerley and then Powell had another first down run. An open Kerley dropped a pass thrown slightly behind him at the 10-yard line, but atoned for it on a third and one conversion. After getting down to the red zone, the drive stalled after a Dawan Landry sack and a Sanchez overthrow to Gates on third and long. Billy Cundiff kicked a 39-yard field goal. Allen made a tackle for a loss on the drive.

– Smith was working with the second unit, first against the second unit. JB Shugarts was called for two penalties on the drive which went nowhere. Ellis Lankster broke up a pass on third down and Ricky Sapp and Nick Bellore shared a sack.

– McElroy continued to be the most successful, throwing an 70-yard touchdown to Vidal Hazelton, who – like Spadola – is creating plenty of buzz as a potential sleeper to make the team. The play happened due to a blown coverage by the third string defense.

– Sanchez went back to working with the second unit against the starters and was immediately intercepted by Cromartie on an overthrown deep ball.

– Smith got the next series with the starters and looked sharp again. The drive stalled at the 30 after another penalty and a Spadola drop. The Jets ran one play out of the pistol formation with Smith in the game. Cundiff’s 48-yard field goal was good.

– Simms then took the third stringers down to the five before his drive stalled.

– Sanchez then took over and they opened by running a gadget play for a six yard loss blown up by Leger Douzable, but then threw a long bomb to Stephen Hill for a score to end the scrimmage.