BGA: Makeshift secondary springs leak before backups respond

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the defensive performance, including an in-depth breakdown of what was going on in the secondary and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: Jets ride the line while starters ride the pine

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. To read more of this story, click here

Jets at Bengals: Don’t read into it

Brian Bassett,

Saturday night the Jets faced a strong opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Jets made do without their top three cornerbacks (Milliner, Patterson & Dex McDougle) from the start of training camp, in addition to RB Chris Ivory, WR Eric Decker and TE Jeff Cumberland.  Here’s some thoughts that occurred to me during the Jets 25-17 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

USATSI_8033799_110579513_lowresThe sky is not falling — Every year after the first week of regular season, pundits from national media outlets make sweeping generalizations about what they saw in the first week of football and make stupid predictions that turn out to be utter garbage by the time Week 17 rolls around.  The point?  We’re not even that far into the season so decreeing that the Jets are this or they aren’t that is hollow.

It was just that kind of a night — Is there a weird special rivalry between the Jets and Bengals that I am unaware of?  Does it date back to their deathlock with each other during the final game and first postseason game of the 2009 season?  Not even that far? Ryan might want them to play tough, but I’ve never considered the Jets chippy.  Whatever it was, the Jets let the personal fouls and on-the-field lapses get too much.  They’ve got to dial that back in successive weeks unless they are looking to shoot themselves in the foot.

Ugly, but not THAT ugly — When the Bengals and Jets first team were in the game, it wasn’t pretty.  The defense allowed Andy Dalton to have a perfect 8-8 night and the Jets offense struggled to get the ball moving until the Bengals put in their second teamers.  But this isn’t the whole story.  The Jets played a very base defense, there were miscommunications with new personnel and they left their corners to dangle early and often.  No, they didn’t play well against the Bengals starters.  But no, Rex Ryan didn’t do much to help disguise the intent of his playcalling, as one does in the preseason.  I fully believe that was part of the plan so Rex could calibrate how to call his secondary going forward.  Every year there seem to be preseason questions about this defense and every year they seem to come through OK.

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Game Recap: Jets 25 – Bengals 17

Result: The Jets beat the Bengals 25-17 in Cincinnati on Saturday night.

Need to Know: Geno Smith went 10-13 with 98 yards and one interception. He also rushed for one touchdown, with four carries and 20 yards.

Chris Johnson had 10 carries for 63 yards, while Bilal Powell had 41 yards rushing with a touchdown.

Greg Salas led the team with 31 yards receiving. Clyde Gates had one catch, a 17-yard touchdown. Jace Amaro had two catches for 24 yards.

Darrin Walls had one interception, the only turnover from the Bengals.

Michael Vick had five completions for 70 yards and one touchdown.

In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green. It didn’t go well at all – Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline.

Ikemefuna Enemkpali blocked Kevin Huber’s punt out of the end zone for a safety.

The Jets had seven penalties for personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini got two of them – one for shoving cornerback Terence Newman after his interception, another for a roll block. Guard Brian Winters also got flagged for two.

Game Ball: Calvin Pryor, who punished Bengals with two bone-jarring hits.  The first was a hit on Cobi Hamilton with the twos in which he dislodged the ball for a forced fumble.  The second was a tackle for loss on running back Rex Burkhead.  Pryor forced Burkhead out of the game with a thigh contusion.

Brian Bassett,

It wasn’t pretty when the ones were in and while many will focus on the first team’s struggles against the Bengals first team, that is not what will bother me most.  It was the penalties.  The Bengals and Jets don’t like each other very much and it seemed to bubble over tonight.  The Jets were flagged 12 times for 133 yards and far too many of them were personal fouls, from fighting and chippy play.  Refereee Ed Hochuli got a little whistle-happy at times (Demario Davis penalty) but it was clear he was keeping the peace in the game.

The depleted secondary starters struggled, but Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman didn’t do much to help them — just as we expected.  The Jets defensive staff wants to see just what they have before they head into the regular season, and setting traps and exotic coverages doesn’t help them gauge their readiness.

Geno took a while to get the offense rolling, but he had an otherwise productive night despite the poor judgement or miscommunication on his interception.  Geno will be able to rely on this running attack and adding Decker to the gameday roster will surely help.

Links: Recap | Box Score | Gameview

What’s Next: The Jets and Giants link up and battle for New York supremacy on August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

NFL: New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

Gamethread: Jets at Bengals, 7 p.m.

Game: The Jets and Bengals play their second preseason in Cincy on Saturday night.

Time: The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and air on CBS. The game will re-air on SNY at 11 p.m.

Injuries: Saunders, Patterson, Milliner, Ivory, McDougle, Zusevics, Evans, Cumberland and Decker will all not dress.

What To Watch: Check the wide receivers and running back depth, as both positions are dealing with significant bang-ups and injuries.

Calvin Pryor will make his pro debut on Saturday after a concussion kept him out of the first preseason game. Antonio Allen will also see time at cornerback, with Dexter McDougle out for the year and Dee Milliner out with a high-ankle sprain.

Geno Smith is expected to play most — if not all — of the first half with the first team.

Bears sign Santonio Holmes

Quote: On-the-job training

“[When] you’re a rookie, you come in this league [and] there’s a lot to learn. But the best way to learn is to get out there and play, so you’re going to see him working with the ones, you’re going to see him with the twos [and] you’re going to see him with the threes. He needs some reps.”

Rex Ryan on rookie safety Calvin Pryor taking the field for his first time as a Jet

Five things I’ll be watching in tonight’s Jets-Bengals Preseason matchup

Brian Bassett,

Here’s what I’ll be watching for in tonight’s Jets matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons

Can CB Ellis Lankster make his play at the starting spot?

The Safety/Corner Switcheroo — Ryan talked this week about throwing Antonio Allen up against AJ Green.  Will he really do that?  If not, who plays instead?  Bent and I spent a lot of words (here, here, here) this week on the topic .  But whatever the Jets do, don’t expect whoever comes in to play flawlessly.  Not because they aren’t good enough, but because the Jets might want to leave players without help to see how much the coaches can “redline” this system tweak to their defense.  Look for Antonio Allen, Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls to see extended time early at corner.  Walls might be falling out of favor right now and see how Calvin Pryor looks for the first time in live action for the Jets.

Make It Count – Geno had a fine performance last week against the Colts, but it was Mike Vick that electrified fans and media with a classic scramble and some solid passing.  The Jets know what they have in Vick and Vick knows what he has in this offense.  Meanwhile, Geno has had a steady camp and done a good job in protecting the football.  Last week against the Colts, Geno was able to move the ball, but can he step it up this week? While the Bengals aren’t all the way back defensively, the team still has a stout group and so seeing get the Jets down the field and into the endzone will be key.

Pressure point — For the past few years the Jets defensive line has hung their hat on their ability to stop the run.  They need to continue that trend while now upping the ante at pressuring the passer.  With a secondary in and out of triage, the best way to paper over that problem with the players they already have isn’t to send Antonio Allen out there, it is to attack the quarterback.

Boyd Oh Boyd — Sixth round draft pick Tajh Boyd hasn’t done much convincing so far through training camp, but tonight will be his chance to demonstrate whether or not he’s the gamer that Rex Ryan believes him to be.  Boyd will see time with and against the third stringers during the second half.  “Once you go in a game, another switch is flipped,” Boyd told ESPN New York this week.  “At the end of the day, I just have to go play free, and that’s something I’ve been battling with.”

Back of the line — D-lineman TJ Barnes has had an impressive camp.  Can the Jets keep him on the roster, will they carve off another player to do so?  Tonight might be another chance for Barnes to state his case for why he belongs on this team.

stephen-hillNow or never  — This is the time for Stephen Hill to assert his claim as a viable part of this offense.  He might be the most athletically gifted player the Jets have in terms of size and speed, but it has taken time to put it together.  Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called Hill’s camp “outstanding” last week.  But like we’ve asked the past two years, can Hill’s solid camp translate consistently on the field this September?  Tonight is a critical test for the young receiver.  “If you run a vertical route or even a short route, show vertical speed because you have it in you,” Lal told the New York Daily News about his third year receiver. “Be aggressive at the top because you’re 6-4, 215, just using what God has given you in every route.”  More than anything, Hill must realize how freakish he is use it to his advantage and if he can’t figure it out this year then it might never happen.