Jets Open Up Preseason With A Win
East Rutherford, NJ- The Jets opened up the 2014 preseason on Thursday night with a 13-10 win against the Indianapolis Colts. It was the first chance we got to see the Jets take the field against another opponent as they have been up at Cortland for the first two weeks of training camp.
“We won the game.” Geno Smith told reports after the game. “We did some good things, we did some things we need to improve on but to come away with the victory is always important.” It wasn’t the highest scoring game as both teams’ offenses struggled at times in the game. However the Jets were able to come away with the win by the slimmest of margins thanks to rookie kicker Andrew Furney, who kicked a game winning 50-yard field goal with about a minute to go.
Smith took the first crack with the Jets offense as he only played for two drives. Smith went 4-6 for 33 yards and also ran for ten more. Smith did not look bad in his first game action since last December, but he did not look great either.
One play that stood out was on a third down, Smith was rushed and instead of forcing the ball he threw it into the ground to keep the Jets in field goal range. “In the future I just need to get better in picking it up, but you never want to take points off the board,” Smith told reporters after the game.
David Nelson, who left the game with a hand injury, told reporters this is the next step for Geno. “We’re in New York anything can happen, I know how that works. We’re in a situation right now where it’s all about efficiency, it’s all about consistency, however we can do that. For the offense if it’s better to have Geno take majority of the snaps and maybe and bring Mike in every once in awhile then that’s what we’re going to explore. If it’s better to have Geno in all the time then that’s the direction we’re going to go in.”
Michael Vick also took two series with the first team offense. Vick did not do anything spectacular other than a scramble that resulted in a first down. Vick did do one thing Geno could not, that is lead the offense to a touchdown. Vick drove the team down to the 2-yard line where he handed the ball to Chris Johnson for the score. So far this camp the coaches have said it is indeed a quarterback competition. In practice it does not look like it but tonight it finally did as Vick really pushed Smith.
So far this camp it has been the defense that has taken most of the headlines. However, the first preseason game did not go to well for the first-team defense. Andrew Luck drove the Colts right down the field hitting T.Y. Hilton three times on the drive. Luck also hit Da’Rick Rogers for a huge gain down the field as Rogers burned Dimitri Patterson who looked shaky at best. Patterson has been battling a bit of an ankle and calf injury and told reporters after the game, “Just nagging injuries. It’s camp. I don’t know who is healthy right now, I don’t know who is fresh this far into camp. But it is nothing that should hold me back.”
The run defense looked solid as usual as the front-seven held their ground. Rex Ryan told reporters after the game, “I like the way our guys bounced back. First half obviously wasn’t great, from a defensive stand point (the) second half was much better.”
Rex Ryan also talked about Patterson saying, “They knew that both of our corners were put out there, hanging out the dry so to speak. I put them out there so they were taking some one-on-one shots out there but Dmitri is a veteran player and, shoot, he’ll respond. He might have certainly not had his best day, but that’s certainly not on him.”
It was a good game for the Jets as they finally got to hit someone other than each other as Rex put it, “Overall it wasn’t great but it wasn’t a pillow fight either.” The Jets will now head back to Cortland for one more week before traveling to Cincinnati next Saturday, August 18, to play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Greg Salas was a late scratch, as he did not play with a hip injury. Bilal Powell and Calvin Pryor also did not suit up. Chris Ivory left the game with a rib injury but Rex Ryan said he should be fine. David Nelson also left with a hand but should also be able to go next week.