Back In Black
Daniel Marcus , theJetsBlog.com
After regular season games, usually wins, I typically hand out game balls for those who stood out but since this is the preseason and these games don’t count, I decided to mix it up a bit. In honor of Rex’s new practice of awarding the best unit with black jerseys, those who actually played well last night will be awarded with the black jersey and those who did not, well…just wait:
It looks like whatever shaman/witch doctor Landry got to bless his ailing Achilles Tendon in lieu of surgery worked because he was moving around pretty well and can still hit like a truck, ask Victor Cruz about that. The big Safety looked healthy and even had a gift-wrapped interception from Eli Manning to boot.
Take note of the transformation from a year ago, last year Scott looked old and slow and his prospects of being a Jet in 2012 were not very good. Fast forward to this season, Scott worked all off-season to get quicker and it showed on the field last night as he was flying around and making plays.
According to Rex, the Jets drafting Quinton Coples really lit a fire under DeVito and he came into camp in the best shape of his life. The burly defensive lineman was commanding at the point of attack and just looked faster and stronger, which bodes well for what figures to be one of the Jets’s strongest units.
Aaron “Call Me” Maybin:
When scouts use the term “non-stop motor,” they’re talking about Aaron Maybin who flies around the field whether it’s on defense or special teams. He didn’t make too big of a contribution on defense however, he was able to out-muscle his blocker and get one of those long arms on a Steve Weatherford punt and for that he gets to wear the black jersey.
Wayne “He’s Going to Get Someone Killed” Hunter:
If there was any doubt that Wayne Hunter was incapable of being a starting anything in the NFL, then wonder no more. How many times does he have to get victimized by even the most average of pass-rushers (although the Giants are way above average) for this team to realize that they cannot win when they have to compensate for his lack of ability. A unit is only as strong as its weakest link and Wayne Hunter, “You are the weakest link, goodbye.”
The second year “H” Back/hybrid player showed last night that he still has a long way to go as a blocker, whiffing on a number of key blocks. Baker’s play last night but the spotlight on another glaring hole, the lack of a true blocking tight end, Trader Mike has his work cut out for him before the Bills come to town.
Tebow and the Second-Stringers:
Ignore the fact that this could be a really awesome band name and just realize that Tim Tebow cannot and will never be a starting quarterback in this league. He, himself wasn’t particularly great last night (see under-thrown ball to a wide open Stephen Hill) however, the second team line was just as abysmal as the first team line and Tebow was also under constant pressure. Yet, the story remains the same with Tebow: not a very good reader of defenses, holds the ball too long, suspect arm strength, but a f@#$%ng tank as a runner.