Jets QB Patrick Ramsey scrambles against his former team before being tackled by Redskins S Adam Archuleta.
What a difference a week makes. Just one week after a poor effort in Tampa, the Jets returned to the field Saturday against the Redskins and totally dominated Washington 27-14 in DC.
Despite all the hype that was made of veteran QB Patrick Ramsey playing his first ever game against his former team of five years, Saturday’s game was highlighted by surreal performances by a plethora of Jets rookies led by RB Leon Washington and WR Brad Smith.
With QB Chad Pennington excused due to him tending to his sick father in Tennesee, it was no surprise that former-Redskin QB Patrick Ramsey got the start for the Jets. Head coach Eric Mangini’s choice of starting running back was much less expected however, as he decided to give rookie RB Leon Washington the nod. Giving Washington the extra playing time proved to be a smart choice by Mangini as the rookie dominated the Skins on both offense and special teams. The rookie back accrued 17 yards on six rushes, 23 yards on three receptions, and topped it all off with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The special teams touchdown by Washington came just minutes after rookie WR Brad Smith scored the Jets first touchdown of the 2006 preseason on a trick play that Coach Mangini had the team practicing earlier this week at training camp. A handoff to Leon Washington gave way to a reverse to Smith, a former college quarterback, who looked to pass and then took off running for a 61 yard score. The play was made possible by QB Patrick Ramsey, who laid down a huge block at the line to start the play, and rookie T D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who ran 30 yards up field and made the final block on the run.
Smith also contributed in the team’s passing offense, catching two passes for a total of seven yards.
The offensive dominance by the Jets’ rookies was ultimately capped off by rookie QB Kellen Clemens completing a five-yard touchdown pass to fellow-rookie WR Reggie Newhouse.
Rookies on Gang Green’s defense made a number of spectacular plays as well. S Eric Smith, who started the game for the Jets, made two strong tackles in the limited action he saw. Another rookie member of the Jets’ secondary, un-drafted free agent CB Omowale Dada, recorded the first interception of his NFL career in the forth quarter of Saturday’s game.
Mangini could be seen jotting down names in his notebook with a scour on his face throughout the game when players made careless mistakes, but no amount of fumbles (four) or penalties (eleven) could keep the ear-to-ear grin off of his face once the final second ticked off the clock in his first ever win as an NFL head coach.
-QB Chad Pennington did not make the trip to D.C. in order to be with his ailing father in Tennessee. Prior to the game, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum told reporters that there is no timetable for his return to the team.
-The Jets dominated the Skins in time-of-possession, holding the ball for 37:31 compared to 22:29 for Washington.
-Backup QB Brooks Bollinger led all Jets quarterbacks with 69 yards on 10 of 16 passing. Bollinger also picked up 35 yards rushing on just five attempts.
-CBS commentators joked early on in the game that the Jets must wish they still had K John Hall, now the kicker for the Redskins. The Jets new kicker, second-year K Mike Nugent, hit two field goals in as many attempts against the Skins.
-Australian P Ben Graham had an outstanding day after starting off poorly. His first punt traveled just 15 yards before going out-of-bounds and his second sailed out the back of the end zone for a touchback. He followed the two shaky kicks by booting a 55-yarder, then placed his final two punts of the evening inside the 20 yard line.
-The Jets pass rush was excellent against Washington. DE’s Bryan Thomas and Dave Ball put loads of pressure on Redskins QB’s while also recording sacks. Ball also recovered a fumble late in the game.
-Veteran CB David Barrett, who recently returned to practices after suffering a minor injury early in training camp, intercepted a pass thrown by second-year Redskins QB Jason Campbell.
-QB Chad Pennington (family illness): day to day
-G Isaac Snell (leg): day to day
-CB/KR Drew Coleman (knee): day to day
-WR Dante Ridgeway (leg): day to day
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): on PUP list
-C Trey Teague (ankle): on PUP list
-DT Sione Pouha (knee): IR Out for Season
-TE Jason Pociask (shoulder): IR Out for Season
The team has a day off tomorrow, then returns to camp on Monday for a 2:00PM practice. Be sure to check back to JI for all the latest NY Jets news!