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JETS 13 - EAGLES 11
By Richard Adragna
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 30th, 2007
Jets WR Frisman Jackson makes a pretty catch from Brad Smith but will it be enought to keep him on the roster? We'll find out soon. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jets WR Frisman Jackson makes a pretty catch from Brad Smith but will it be enought to keep him on the roster? We'll find out soon. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
The final preseason tune-up for the New York Jets saw very little star power, as both NY and the opposing Philadelphia Eagles rested their key starting players. Instead, this was primarily an audition for the many small-time players looking make the final roster cuts before the start of the 2007 regular season.

The result was a stale night for both offenses as the Jets pulled away with a 13-11 victory, thanks in part to a last-second field goal by Mike Nugent. Marques Tuiasosopo overcame a rocky start in his quarterbacking duty to score a rushing touchdown and lead the Jets to a productive two-minute march.

“I was obviously very happy with the way that we were able to complete the two minute drive, like in practice,” said head coach Eric Mangini. “It was good to see that and be able to execute that.

“As a team, a lot of things can go wrong or right in a game and it still has to come down to the final two minutes. If you can execute effectively you can win a significant amount of games.”

It was the stellar play of both defenses that led to a scoreless first quarter. The most stellar play came near the close of the quarter with the Eagles threatening to get into the red zone. DT C.J. Mosley sacked QB A.J. Feeley and caused a fumble, which was recovered by LB David Bowens.

The defensive play continued into the second quarter when the Eagles sacked QB Brad Smith and caused a fumble that they recovered. That set the Eagles offense up in Jets territory, leading to a field goal attempt that went wide.

If the Jets fans on hand in the City of Brotherly Love were thinking that the superb play on the defensive side were to carry over to the offense, they were surely mistaken. For most of the first half, they were anemic, going 1-for-6 on 3rd down conversions, four total first downs and only 87 yards of total offense. Throw in a total of 4 penalties and this was a not-so-promising first half for Gang Green.

The only offensive highlight of that half was a diving catch by Frisman Jackson to get the Jets into the Eagles’ red zone for the first time tonight. However, their efforts went for naught as Sean Ryan’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty sent them back out of the red zone. They settled for a Nugent field goal with 5:40 to go in the first half. The Eagles responded with a field goal of their own at the end of the half.

The second half didn’t start off so well for the Jets offense, as they went three-and-out on their first series. Tuiasosopo was sacked on a third down play in the process.

The Jets did get a boost near the end of the third quarter when Anthony Schlegel forced a fumble after an Eagles reception, and Drew Coleman recovered it to give Gang Green possession. Tuiasosopo, however, nearly gave the ball back to Philadelphia when he was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by WR Chris Davis. Tuiasosopo redeemed himself seven seconds into the fourth quarter by running the ball into the end zone for a Jets touchdown to make it a 10-3 lead.

The defenses held their ground until the fourth quarter when the Eagles marched down into Jet territory near the end. Rookie QB Kevin Kolb threw a touchdown pass to WR Zac Collie to make it 10-9. A Kolb pass to Nate Ilaoa on a two-point conversion gave them an 11-10 lead.

The Jets fought back, with Tuiasosopo driving the Jets down into Eagles territory to set up a Nugent field goal that sealed the deal for the Jets.

“You got to keep pushing forward and keep going to the next play,” said Tuiasosopo. “We were able to do that and that’s what competing is all about. We looked at each other and said ‘we were going to go down swinging and give them our best shot’. It worked out well.”

Even with the thrilling victory to end a preseason, question marks still lurk amongst Gang Green. The only way they can be answered is with practice, and they will need a lot of practice with the New England Patriots on the horizon.

The final preseason tune-up for the New York Jets saw very little star power, as both they and the opposing Philadelphia Eagles rested their key starting players. Instead, this was primarily an audition for the many small-time players looking make the final roster cuts before the start of the 2007 regular season.

The result was a stale night for both offenses as the Jets pulled away with a 13-11 victory, thanks in part to a last-second field goal by Mike Nugent. Marques Tuiasosopo overcame a rocky start in his quarterbacking duty to score a rushing touchdown and lead the Jets to a productive two-minute march.

“I was obviously very happy with the way that we were able to complete the two minute drive, like in practice,” said head coach Eric Mangini. “It was good to see that and be able to execute that.

“As a team, a lot of things can go wrong or right in a game and it still has to come down to the final two minutes. If you can execute effectively you can win a significant amount of games.”

It was the stellar play of both defenses that led to a scoreless first quarter. The most stellar play came near the close of the quarter with the Eagles threatening to get into the red zone. DT C.J. Mosley sacked QB A.J. Feeley and caused a fumble, which was recovered by LB David Bowens.

The defensive play continued into the second quarter when the Eagles sacked QB Brad Smith and caused a fumble that they recovered. That set the Eagles offense up in Jets territory, leading to a field goal attempt that went wide.

If the Jets fans on hand in the City of Brotherly Love were thinking that the superb play on the defensive side were to carry over to the offense, they were surely mistaken. For most of the first half, they were anemic, going 1-for-6 on 3rd down conversions, four total first downs and only 87 yards of total offense. Throw in a total of 4 penalties and this was a not-so-promising first half for Gang Green.

The only offensive highlight of that half was a diving catch by Frisman Jackson to get the Jets into the Eagles’ red zone for the first time tonight. However, their efforts went for naught as Sean Ryan’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty sent them back out of the red zone. They settled for a Nugent field goal with 5:40 to go in the first half. The Eagles responded with a field goal of their own at the end of the half.

The second half didn’t start off so well for the Jets offense, as they went three-and-out on their first series. Tuiasosopo was sacked on a third down play in the process.

The Jets did get a boost near the end of the third quarter when Anthony Schlegel forced a fumble after an Eagles reception, and Drew Coleman recovered it to give Gang Green possession. Tuiasosopo, however, nearly gave the ball back to Philadelphia when he was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by WR Chris Davis. Tuiasosopo redeemed himself seven seconds into the fourth quarter by running the ball into the end zone for a Jets touchdown to make it a 10-3 lead.

The defenses held their ground until the fourth quarter when the Eagles marched down into Jet territory near the end. Rookie QB Kevin Kolb threw a touchdown pass to WR Zac Collie to make it 10-9. A Kolb pass to Nate Ilaoa on a two-point conversion gave them an 11-10 lead.

The Jets fought back, with Tuiasosopo driving the Jets down into Eagles territory to set up a Nugent field goal that sealed the deal for the Jets.

“You got to keep pushing forward and keep going to the next play,” said Tuiasosopo. “We were able to do that and that’s what competing is all about. We looked at each other and said ‘we were going to go down swinging and give them our best shot’. It worked out well.”

Even with the thrilling victory to end a preseason, question marks still lurk amongst Gang Green. The only way they can be answered is with practice, and they will need a lot of practice with the New England Patriots on the horizon.

INSIDER TIDBITS

Thunder from Down Under

Thursday night’s preseason finale featured former Australian Rules football players. Ben Graham of the Jets and Sav Rocca of the Eagles have had long careers in the Australian Football League. Graham, who is in his third year in the NFL, played for 12 years in the AFL; Rocca, a rookie for Philadelphia, played for 15 years.

It got rough for the two early in the game when Rocca threw an incomplete pass on a fake field goal play. Graham, meanwhile, had an even more regrettable moment when he dropped the ball and then slipped on the field while trying to punt. Fortunately for Graham, he got the punt off in time. Aside from those events, they continued on without further problems.

Missing in Action

As this was the final preseason game for both the Jets and Eagles, much of the star power was unavailable, with Chad Pennington and Donovan McNabb sitting out this game, even though they were suited up.

Rookie Watch

-Darrelle Revis had a couple tackles and broke off a pass. He also appeared on the return teams during the first half.

-Jacob Bender was tagged for a false start penalty in the second quarter.

-David Harris had a tackle in the first half.

-Chansi Stuckey also appeared on the return team, making some electric returns against the Eagles special teams.

Making a Case

Players who made statements to stay on the Jets roster included:

-Brad Kassell, who broke off many Eagles passes during the first half.

-Stacy Tutt. Tutt demonstrated his combined speed and power as he barreled through the Eagles defense. Even a referee got run over as well during fourth quarter action.

-Manny Collins. The former Rutgers star was in on a few tackles, broken passes and had a near interception in the second half.

-Frisman Jackson, who had three receptions for 51 yards. His longest reception was a diving one for 29 yards that got the Jets into the Eagle red zone.

Mosley’s the Man

Perhaps the player who made the biggest impact in the game was DT C.J. Mosley. On the Eagles’ second offensive possession, Mosley made life miserable for QB A.J. Feeley as he sacked him three times in that series. Two of those sacks caused fumbles, and one of those fumbles was recovered by the Jets.

“C.J. did a really nice job,” said Mangini. “He was able to provide some pressure in the four-man and three-man rushes.”

“It felt good to get out there and play like I know how to,” said Mosley. “You can’t get excited about one play or two plays. You got to make that play and look forward to making the next play.”

Quarterback Musical Chairs

With Pennington unavailable, the merry-go-round for the quarterback position was in order as Kellen Clemens, Brad Smith and Marques Tuiasosopo shared the duties.

Jacked Up

Raymond Ventrone got the Eagles fans to shudder by leveling TE Brent Celek on a play after Celek made a reception in the third quarter.

Full House at the Linc

For a preseason game with a lack of star power, the Jets and Eagles did draw a sizable crowd. Tonight’s paid attendance at Lincoln Financial Field was 67,562.

Laughter on Hand

Smith had a rough day in the quarterback position, even though he showed some flashes of promise with his scrambling abilities, making great runs down the field to escape pressure from the Philadelphia defense. However, he caused some unintentional comedy by throwing a very awkward pass towards the Eagles sidelines. A review determined that it was a fumble, and resulted in a loss of four yards.

The next move for the Jets will be to reduce the roster from 75 to 53 which could come as soon as tomorrow. The team will then be able to bring back eight players to the practice squad after they clear waivers. Be sure to check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest breaking NY Jets news.

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