Result: The New York Jets scored 30 straight points in the second and third quarters to beat the Atlanta Falcons 30-22 on Friday night.
Need To Know: After a Leonard Williams safety, Chris Ivory had a 33-yard touchdown run for the first offensive score from the first team this preseason. Nick Folk later hit two field goals before halftime.
Bryce Petty threw a 13-yard touchdown to DeVier Posey on an eight-play, 57 yard drive. Rontez Miles had a 57-yard fumble recovery at the end of the third quarter.
The Falcons scored twice in the first quarter against the Jets first team defense. Atlanta scored on a four-yard run and two-yard pass.
Ryan Fitzpatrick went 13-19 with 118 yards, while Petty went 12-19 with 168 yards and the one touchdown. Petty also had a fumble the Jets recovered.
Brandon Marshall had four receptions for 62 yards, including a two-point conversion reception. Saalim Hakeem had one reception for 46 yards.
Zac Stacy had six carries for 17 yards and four receptions for 25 yards.
It was a fantastic way for Williams to debut in front of his new home town. Williams wound up with four tackles, a sack and a half and scored the team’s first points of the night with a safety of TJ Yates in the second quarter. Without the help of Mo Wilkerson (hamstring), Williams did a nice job with the Jets defensive line and saw extended time this week, compared to the first game of the preseason. Regardless of the talent that the Jets already have on the defensive line, Williams is proving why he was such a highly-touted prospect coming out of USC. Williams is showing the promise that made him a top ten talent in the 2015 NFL Draft and a player whom some argued should have been taken first-overall. Williams is a natural run-stuffer, but in totaling 1.5 sacks against the Falcons, he is demonstrating that the projections about his talent as a pass-rusher are well within reach.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Other than the game being the Leonard Williams Coming Out Party, it was a rough start for the Jets offense — and at times, the defense. Matt Ryan and the Falcons jumped out to a 14-0 start while the Jets cost themselves field position and points due to penalties and mental errors. Smartly, the coaches left the offensive starters in the game well into the second quarter where Chris Ivory hit paydirt for the first teamers with a 33 yard rumble for a touchdown. The Jets followed that up with a brilliant 2 point conversion pass to Brandon Marshall. Defensively it was more of a mixed bag with some penalties and missed assignments that led to the Falcons first two scores. Revis was called for holding on a 3rd and 7 from the 8 yard line that set up the Falcons first touchdown. To read more of this story, click here
Game: Atlanta Falcons (1-0-0) at New York Jets (0-1-0)
Where: MetLife Stadium
When: 7:30 p.m.
Who: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for the Jets and will likely play more than the one series he appeared in for the first preseason game. Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps will take the majority of the reps.
Injuries: Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) is out. Newly-signed Matt Flynn will not play, as he is still dealing with a hamstring injury and has not fully practiced with the team.
Others players who will not dress:
Antonio Cromartie will let the fans and media think what they want.
The New York Jets cornerback has appeared to have a few issues during training camp, with receivers beating him on plays at times and his coverage not being up to par just yet this summer.
“It’s practice,” Cromartie said Wednesday, channeling his inner-Allen Iverson.
It’s not necessarily a cop-out by Cromartie, though. This is his 10th NFL season, so he has learned to pace himself and make use of the time during camp to try things out.
“I start slow,” Cromartie said. “I pick out specific things I can work on, my technique and go from there. If I get beat with me working on something else, I just get beat. I’m not worried about it. It’s practice.”
– Heaps starting to show some promise in limited reps [Jets Confidential]
– OL Coach Marshall: Mangold could be headed to the hall of fame [NJAM]
– Williams’ role is growing by the day [Metro]
– Eskridge goes from dodging bullets to dodging “The Turk” [ESPN New York]
– Marcus Williams continues to impress Todd Bowles [Newsday]
– Seven points to note for Jets-Falcons [Jets Official Site]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: As Kristian Dyer notes in the Metro article, Leonard Williams’ role continues to grow and with starters expected to play most, if not, all of the first half in tonight’s game, we should get a chance to see the fruits of that labor.
Williams played 13 snaps in the first game of the year, mostly with the first unit, playing defensive end in base packages and defensive tackle in sub-packages. The Jets have installed more of the defense over the past week, so it will be interesting to see whether that includes any different personnel groupings and formations.
In his first game, expectations were high for Williams and some were disappointed with his performance, although with the Lions getting rid of the ball quickly on almost every passing down, it was difficult for anyone to generate any pass rush. Against the run, he was driven off the line badly on one play, but the rookie adjusted well to make sure that didn’t happen more than once. He also showcased some of his explosiveness when chasing after a bad snap to get a hit on the quarterback and force the Lions to settle for a field goal on their second drive. Hopefully we’ll see more impact plays from the youngster tonight.
New York Jets guard Oday Aboushi has been suspended for the first game of the NFL season, without pay, for a violation of the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Aboushi was pulled over in January, where a “very small amount of marijuana” was found in his vehicle, his agent said (August 20).
“I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions. This is something I’ve learned from and I’m focused on moving forward,” Aboushi said in a statement.
Aboushi will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, September 14 following the team’s September 13 game against the Cleveland Browns, the league said.
“News like this is never welcome,” Head coach Todd Bowles said. “We will support Oday as we continue with our preparations for the upcoming season.”
Aboushi was a fifth-round pick of the Jets in the 2014 draft.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
This now makes more sense as to why Willie Colon has been “running away” with the team’s starting guard job based on Todd Bowles’ growing track record on these kind of incidents. Aboushi might have otherwise been in the mix, but we get the sense that getting popped for these sorts of infractions are things that Bowles expects his players to avoid. We shall see what happens when Aboushi returns from his suspension as Colon struggled as a starter a year ago but for now he seems to be behind even Brian Winters … no small feat based on Winters play last season.
Aboushi, who started 12 games at left guard last season, was expected to be a top contender for the starting right guard spot during training camp. However, he has found himself entrenched as the back-up left guard despite the promise of some eventual first team right guard reps from Bowles.
We’re left to speculate about the team’s awareness of this issue and whether it has affected and/or will continue to affect his spot in the pecking order, but it’s been a disappointing start to camp for him either way. It’s worth pointing out that Aboushi did not fail an NFL-sanctioned drugs test because a one-game suspension does not correlate with any of the automatic punishments for a failed test under the current (or previous) substance abuse policy rules. The January incident, which took place outside their testing window, was enough to merit a short suspension despite the fact the charges were dismissed.
Jets fans will now be trying to connect the dots as to how, if at all, this could give clues towards any eventual increase in Sheldon Richardson’s suspension for the recent incident in which authorities suspected there was marijuana use but that the evidence was disposed of during the chase, so no charges could be levied.
Newest Jets quarterback Matt Flynn met with the New York media for the first time on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say about his journeyman career, his hamstring injury and more…
On if he sometimes forgets where he is (joking)…
(Laughter) Yeah, sometimes I have to look at the map app on my phone and figure it out. But no, I’m happy to be here, happy for the opportunity. Trying to get acclimated. It’s kind of been a whirlwind the last couple of days.
On how his injuries are…
Good. It’s getting better, not 100 percent yet but, it’s getting better.
On how long until he will be able to practice…
I don’t know. I haven’t heard a time or a time frame. I’m happy that I got the chance to come here and get the opportunity. And get into the rehabilitation program and hopefully fast-track it.
On if he had two injuries before coming into camp…
Two things? It’s just one thing, it’s the hamstring. No (it’s not the ankle). Yes, I did (have the injury before training camp). Yeah, it was right before training camp. Unfortunately, just one of those things, training, working out back home, trying to get ready and things happen. To read more of this story, click here
Geno Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks of action, meaning he will likely miss up to five weeks or so of the regular season. To replace Smith, the Jets are turning the offense over to Ryan Fitzpatrick. …
Once Smith returns to the lineup, it’s unclear where the Jets will go from there. He was the nominal starter before his injury, but once the Jets realize Fitzpatrick is probably the better option, it’s possible Geno will stay on the bench or play on a very short leash. Of course, it’s also possible Fitzpatrick only plays one game all season.
However, there’s also a very plausible scenario where he ends up as the team’s starter for the majority of the season and plays 10 or more games >> Read more at numberFire.com.
Geno Smith will not press charges against I.K. Enemkpali, according to reporter Kristian Dyer (August 20).
Smith has yet to file charges, and according to Dyer’s source, will not do so.
Smith is expected to miss the first four games of the season after undergoing jaw surgery after getting punched by Enemkpali over $600.
Enemkpali was released by the Jets and claimed off waivers by Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.