What I Learned from the game last night
Not a whole helluva lot, but that's to be expected for the 1st preseason game. I really didn't expect to see much from the skill positions, and that includes both of the QBs. What I did see was some "game-within-the-game" stuff that was cause for concern and encouragement.
I felt the OL play was, like many have said, below par. The one area I would expect to see that early on would be the running game as A) it is a new blocking scheme and B) you want to keep things vanilla. But the pass-blocking should have been better. There were clearly some assignment issues, so hopefully that will hash itself out in time. More concerning is that the Jets still can't protect the QB with a max-protect TE play.
The running game did have its moments and I thought Greene picked his holes well. The pulling by the OGs is lacking, neither Slauson nor Moore look good getting to the edge. Keller whiffed badly on one or two blocks as well.
I concentrated mainly on the front 7, so I have nothing really to offer on the play of the DBs. Wilkerson looks really, really good. He consistently was stout against his blocks, stringing the blocker along the play and shedding when necessary. Coach Dunbar will make Wilkerson a star I think. Devito and Dixon were their usual high-energy selves, so that's good. I kind of had a hard time finding Ellis at times, but by all accounts he did pretty well. I felt Coples showed a lot, and I say that as someone who wasn't a fan of the pick. To me he looked to be playing more hesitant than lazy. It will be interesting to see how that changes over the course of the preseason now that he has received some live action.
The LBs are still too slow, but BT was pretty stout on the edge. Pace moves about as well as a dining room table. Scott looked pretty good and may be the fastest starter now! The one play where the RB caught the pass wasn't all on him, Harris was too close to the line which allowed for a very large window for the QB to throw into. Scott was with his man step for step, which isn't too bad for a LB vs a RB.
Sorry for the DWC-esque post. But we're Talking Football!™:D