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Jets 48 Lions 17: A Perfect Start to a New Era
« dnia: Listopad 11, 2019, 04:50:41 »
That was a heck of a way to start the season.The Jets are 1-0 in 2018 after embarrassing the Detroit Lions tonight at Ford Field. After the season started in the worst fashion imaginable with Sam Darnold throwing a pick six on his first NFL pass Kelechi Osemele Jerseys 2019 , Gang Green took control of the game.What went right? Let’s talk about it below.The GoodDarron Lee: Many, including me, have called 2018 a make or break year for Lee. This was a big first step in the “make” direction. In truth, I thought Lee played a pretty lousy first half. The only times I noticed him were once when he got washed out of a play and another time when he whiffed on a tackle.In the second half, Lee looked like the type of impact guy you’d expect a first round pick to be. He recorded a pair of interceptions. The first one kind of fell into his lap, but it just seemed to ignite him. It preceded a second pick where he read Matthew Stafford’s eyes and did a great job going to get the ball. From that point forward, he was all over the field making plays and came close to nabbing a third pick. In addition to his picks, he tied for the team high with 7 tackles.Time will tell whether this game was a turning point for the 2016 first rounder. For tonight at least he finally showed signs of developing into the guy the Jets have been dreaming about for three years.Jamal Adams: Adams is another player the Jets need to make a big leap. So far, so good in 2018. Jamal was constantly in the middle of plays. He had a couple of run stops. He made a big hit that broke up a potential touchdown catch. He set up a Trumaine Johnson interception with another hit, and he finally got the first pick of his career in the fourth quarter. What we saw tonight was an impact safety.Sam Darnold: I can’t imagine it’s easy making your first NFL start as a 21 year old on the road on national television. The task probably seems more daunting for a youngster who throws an ugly pick six on his first attempt. Darnold showed a lot of composure after that, bouncing back to play a solid game. He made a lot of good reads and accurate if unsexy throws. After not showing up the deep ball in the preseason, he hit Robby Anderson on a 41 yarder for his first career touchdown pass. I thought his most impressive drive came in the third quarter after the Lions tied the game at 17. The game felt like it might have been shifting away from the Jets, but Darnold put together a touchdown drive, hitting all 3 of his passes to go with an interference penalty. The Jets scored to take the lead, and a deluge followed.Robby Anderson: Robby did what Robby always does. He got open deep and did a great job tracking a long pass. Darnold underthrew it a bit, but Anderson still made the play.Quincy Enunwa: The Jets missed Enunwa quite a bit last season. If you forgot why, tonight’s game was a nice reminder. He led the Jets with 6 catches for 63 yards White Jamison Crowder Jerseys , which included a 21 yard touchdown on the aforementioned third quarter drive that gave the Jets the lead.Isaiah Crowell: Crowell’s Jets debut resulted in a 100 yard game. It was 102 on 10 carries to be exact, including a 62 yard cherry on top touchdown run in the second half. That was his second touchdown on the night. I love the way he finishes his runs. I forsee him as a closer in the fourth quarter when the Jets have the lead and are trying to run out the clock.Morris Claiborne: Claiborne locked down his assignments well all night and recorded an interception.Buster Skrine: Skrine also had a very solid game in coverage.Henry Anderson: Anderson is supposed to be a run stopper, but he delivered a couple of big hits on Matthew Stafford, one of which resulted in Lee’s first interception.Andre Roberts: Just as we all (none of us) expected, Jets special teams were stellar. Roberts was the shining star. A 45 yard punt return average will do. That includes a 78 yard touchdown.The BadTrumaine Johnson: The big free agent acquisition had a rough debut. He was beaten for a couple of big passing plays. He had a penalty. And even though he had an interception, he fumbled it away on a return after taking a big hit that briefly forced him to leave the game. In a way it’s encouraging to see the Jets defense playing so well even with Johnson struggling since the corner is probably going to play better in subsequent weeks. That raises the ceiling of the unit.Kelvin Beachum: The left tackle appeared to be responsible for a sack and took a penalty.................It’s tough to start the season better than this. Enjoy a victory week. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Josh McCown is still No. 1 on the New York Jets‘ quarterback depth chart. At this point, though, he might as well be No. 100.With each practice, it appears increasingly likely that rookie Sam Darnold will be the starter when the regular season kicks off in three weeks. Not that McCown has done anything on the field to hurt his chances of retaining the job.It’s simply a matter of circumstances.McCown is 39 and been there, done that. Darnold is 21, was the third overall pick in the draft, has immense talent and is considered the future of the franchise — and that future could be now. He has shined in his last several practices and will likely start Friday night against the Giants in the team’s third preseason game.“Like I said the whole time, obviously, we traded up to (No.) 3 to draft a quarterback to get Sam because there’s a plan in place,” McCown said. “So we understand that.”That “plan” has been to give Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater the bulk of the work in the preseason and see how they perform. So far, so good — and that means McCown could slide down the depth chart very soon.Coach Todd Bowles hasn’t announced a regular-season starter yet Jamison Crowder Jerseys 2019 , and says he might not do so until after the fourth preseason game. From all indications, it’s trending in Darnold’s direction. But McCown isn’t necessarily reading into the fact Darnold is getting the bulk of the first-team snaps and that is causing the perception that the rookie will be the starter.“No, I mean, obviously, he’s younger,” McCown said. “I was taking these kind of reps when he was 4 years old.”Actually, Darnold was 5 when McCown was in his first NFL training camp with Arizona in 2002. But, point made.“He needs the work and it’s good for him,” the veteran said. “Every rep is a great rep for all of us, there’s no doubt about it.”Sure, he wants to start, but McCown is a realist. He knows his days as an NFL player, let alone starting quarterback, are dwindling.“My goal for this is for the quarterback room to play well,” said McCown, who signed a $10 million deal in the offseason to return to New York. “And if that’s me playing out there, I want to play the best football that I can play. If that’s Sam or that’s Teddy White Spencer Long Jerseys , whoever that is, that’s the ultimate goal.”Last summer, McCown also saw limited action in the preseason as the Jets tried to give Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty the opportunity to seize the starting gig. Neither could and McCown was the clear starter.Darnold and Bridgewater have provided a different type of competition, a three-man race that is quickly becoming a two-man show — with McCown in the background.“It’s fun to be out there playing and there’s no substitute for that,” McCown said. “That’s why we do it. At the same time, when you look at things from that prospective, if you can help be a part of finding that guy that can be that guy for this franchise for a long time, that means something to me, that’s competitive to me. That’s what we get up for work to do, that’s what makes it fun.“I don’t feel like the forgotten guy because we’re busy every day working, and working on those things. That’s all that matters.”McCown has been in just about every situation imaginable throughout his professional career, which is entering its 17th year.He has been a third-round pick, an up-and-coming passer, a backup, a starter and a place-holder in his stops with 10 teams. He spent one year out of the NFL and played in the United Football League. McCown has also spent time as a volunteer coach for a high school team in North Carolina.He has graciously handled the many ups and downs during his career. Those experiences help McCown balance his competitive nature and the willingness to help those trying to take his job.“I think for me, it’s just a personal thing,” McCown said. “At the end of the day Spencer Long Jerseys 2019 , you go to work and you work as hard as you can and you help as many people as you can. And when you lay down and you can have peace in your heart at night, and you know that I did all I could that day, and then you sleep good. That’s what I learned growing up and that’s all I know.”McCown takes nothing for granted and that’s something he has stressed to the young players in camp, and not just the quarterbacks. He’s the closest example of a player-coach you could find in the NFL, a mentor who seems destined to be in charge of a team someday.McCown’s days of leading from the huddle might be about over, though.And, he’s OK with whatever happens next.“At this point in my career, I don’t know how many more years of this will happen, so you treasure every moment,” he said. “I think when you keep those things in perspective, there are days — nobody is perfect — there are days when you want to take every rep and you look back and you go, ‘Man, I wish I was just starting out again,’ but (you put it) all in perspective. It’s been fun and I enjoy being a part of this group. Todd sets a great tone and tempo every day for us and it is just an honor to be a part of it.“So that is really what keeps me going and what allows me to come and enjoy it and not get caught up in anything else.”