the Planes He had a great first half performance on Saturday afternoon despite resting every defensive player and some offensive stars. Behind the effective passing performance of Zack Wilson And a vastly improved running game, the Jets outgained the Panthers by more than 150 yards to take a 13-0 lead at the half.
Wilson completed 14 of 20 passes for 123 yards in the first half, capping off his performance with a late two-yard touchdown pass into wide open territory Kenny Yeboah. The Jets also rushed for 81 yards in the first half and recorded three sacks.
Third string quarterback Tim BoyleThe short touch of passes to rookie tight ends No Jenkins And Zach Koontz In the fourth quarter provided the last margin. Boyle completed 9 of 10 passes in the second half, although he also threw a poor interception.
Here’s the takeaway…
– Wilson started off sharp, then struggled a bit in the middle part of the first inning, before returning to a gentler pace on his final drive. At times, he looked as decisive and confident as he ever was with the Jets, though he did have a few leads as he put the ball down on short passes and pocket awareness let him down. Overall, it looks like Wilson is still showing progress from where he was at the end of last season.
– It was a dominant first half performance by the Jets defense giving up just 32 yards, with 13 of those going on the last meaningless play before halftime. Before that play they had only given up on one first. This highlighted the Jets’ defensive depth because each player was comfortable with players like Jimmy MorelandAnd Zaire Barnes And Tri Dean in the starting lineup.
– Nowhere is the team’s depth more impressive than on the defensive line. rookie Will McDonald He recorded his first sack, the newcomer Quinton Jefferson He also added one and Jermaine Johnson merged with Brice Hoff for a third. Huff again played deep in the second half.
– The Jets have used some starters on offense, albeit only for a few series early on. It’s likely that this is because the coaches felt the offense needed more work after combined drills stopped this week. Players love Allen Lazard And Mikol Hardman They saw their first action with the Jets but it didn’t make an impact.
– The offensive line was more effective than last week, although they had some starts. There was one misstep when there was a misunderstanding between McKee Picton And Tristan Colon Permissible I will love Parnu To split for a sack, but fared well in the running game, compiling 141 rushing yards in total.
– when running backwardsMichael Carter He came back this week and had a great performance with 53 yards on six touches, but he was again a starter Israel Upanikanda who stood out with an amazing 26-yard run to the goal line to set up a first down. Abanikanda ended up with 87 yards from scrimmage.
– Included are two defensive players who made a case for themselves in the second half Bruce Hector who had a bag to strip, and Nick Vigil, who blew a losing fourth pass with an uppercut. Both players have been with the team for about a week.
– Despite their success in moving the football, the Jets couldn’t get the ball to the wide receivers much in Saturday’s game. In fact, no rangers were able to get even beyond 10 yards Alex EricksonThe second catch with less than four minutes remaining.
The Jets welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to MetLife Stadium August 19 at 7:30 p.m. for their first home game of the preseason.