Quick Reaction: Jets at Bengals Preseason Week 1
Brian Bassett , theJetsBlog.com
Here are some quick reactions from last night’s game. More to come later today.
Eric Smith Injury – Smith hobbled off the field after an injury Friday night but, fortunately, early indications are that it’s not serious. Smith is now listed as day-to-day. When asked about it after the game, he didn’t sound overly concerned.
McKnight is Alright – Joe played a good game for the Jets, notching 66 yards from scrimmage (34 receiving, 32 rushing) with no ball control issues. McKnight showed speed he was drafted by the Jets for, and had a good game all around.
YB & Landry – While it wasn’t always perfect, the safety duo of Yeremiah Bell and Laron Landry seemed to work well. “We purposely put out Yeremiah Bell to lead the back end,” Ryan said after the game. “I thought he did a nice job for us, with Landry. Those two guys really haven’t had a whole lot of work together, so I wanted to start the game where those guys had to communicate. I thought they did a decent job.”
First Team Offense – It didn’t start off well for Sanchez and his offense. The offense was mostly unable to gain much yardage or first downs in its first two series. “The pressure got to us,” Sanchez told CBS on the sideline about the first two drives.
Demario’s Role – It was great to see third-round rookie Demario Davis get in on some tackles, one for a loss and one on special teams. Davis will be a big part of the sub defense this year, but his special team work will allow the Jets some flexibility in what players they bring into the 2012 season.
Team Coples – Does everyone now understand why Rex was so jazzed to get Quinton Coples in the draft? While most of Coples’ great efforts came in second team work, he played much of the game and had a number of impact plays for the Jets defense. Batted balls, stuffed runs, QB pressures … it was all there.
Jordan White on Specials – Not surprisingly, White looked a little out of place on special teams at the start of his work as a returner, but he did seem to gain some confidence by the end.
Isaiah Trufant Struggled – In the battle of the backup corners, Trufant might not have fared all that well.
High and Dry – Buttle was praising some of Tebow’s passes, but I was cringing on a few for the sake of his receivers. The Stephen Hill drop was bad, but that ball was very late coming out.