Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets had 20 penalties yesterday and we fully anticipate that story will dominate much of the narrative this week. That said, few seem to be talking about the drops, or lack thereof, after yesterday’s game. What a difference a week makes? Let’s discuss some of the factors that might have allowed the Jets to make such gains in a short period of time.
Focus — The Jets receivers focused on drops all week and knew this had to be a point of emphasis in helping out the team. The Jets receivers were much better in this area, but Geno Smith showed some improvement in his ball placement on a majority of his passes on the day. Those two things in concert have to help.
Body Shop — It has to be noted that the Bills secondary was pretty banged up. Leodis McKelvin was lost to the Bills during the game, but the Bills also were without a number of players like S Jairus Byrd, DB Stephon Gilmore and DB Ron Brooks who didn’t suit up. With a number of replacements in the game, the defensive backs were not contesting the ball as much as a Gilmore, Byrd or McKelvin might have been able to given the same circumstances.
Welcome Back — In the first two weeks, Santonio Holmes hasn’t been much of a factor, and after his 2011 season and the way 2012 was going, we seemed doomed for more empty calories when it came to statistics from Tone. After watching his game yesterday, it’s apparent there’s a spark we haven’t seen since the Flight Boyz broke up. Santonio’s play yesterday has put an end to the negative talk, if just for a week. With Hill and Kerley emerging as viable passing options, it is making life easier on everyone.
Getting Healthy – Holmes is returning to health and seems to be gaining confidence in himself on the field. Maybe just as importantly, Geno Smith is becoming more familiar with Santonio on the field, someone who he’s had little work with to date. In addition to Holmes, the return of Kerley was a big boost for the team. Kerley only had two catches for 25 yards, but his presence makes the offense multidimensional.