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First Game, First Takes

by Kelly Kultys

Kelly Kultys : WFUV Sports 

Vick, Geno Dominate Early Conversation

Let the controversy begin.
Yes it's the first preseason game. Yes their best scoring drive came against the second team defense. Yes it means absolutely nothing to the schedule. But right now, Geno Smith feels a bit like Mark Sanchez. 
Just a year ago, after Sanchez got a few reps with the first team, Smith entered the game to a chorus of cheers from Jets fans who seemed tired with their qb of four seasons. This time however, it was when Smith was off the field that he heard the loudest cheers of the night - this time the cheers were for his "backup" Michael Vick. 
Let's be clear - the QB competition was not won or lost after one preseason game. Everyone jumping to that conclusion is delusional. Both guys had similar numbers: Smith 4-6, 33 yards; 1 rush for 10 yards. Vick: 3-6, 17 yards; 3 for 19 yards on the ground. Smith led the team to a field goal, Vick led them to a touchdown. 
"I was really pleased with Geno, and I was really pleased with Mike [Vick] as well," head coach Rex Ryan said after the game in response to his qbs.
Still, just after one preseason game, the Jets fans are cheering for the backup. That isn't a common thing, unless your in New York.
Other takeaways from the preseason game:
The secondary has some questions marks and surprisingly - after this game at least - they aren't named Dee Milliner. Milliner performed well in coverage and even had a pass breakup in the end zone. "I thought he should have picked it," Ryan said after the game.
But as for the guy on the other side, that's a different story. Dimitri Patterson was burned a few times. Kyle Wilson didn't exactly show growth from a less than stellar 2013 campaign. Rookie corner Dexter McDougale got a lot of work with the second and third teamers, but he still seems a long way from starting. 
Rex said he "takes full responsibility for how the defense played in the first half" and even said that he "might have hung [the corners] out to dry" with some of his more aggressive calls. 
As for the offense, besides the quarterbacks, new Jet Eric Decker caught two passes for 12 yards but it seemed as if Geno was looking in his direction most ways. It's obvious that he will be the number one, but right now no one has stepped up to be the viable number two. Stephen Hill, after his notable training camp, played over 30 snaps but didn't catch anything. Same for slot receiver Jeremy Kerley. Rookie TE Jace Amaro played the most snaps but only caught two balls thrown his direction.
Still, after just one preseason game the Jets have questions. The most talked about one will be the one at quarterback, but it really should be the one at cornerback. 


Ryan on QB Competition Ryan on Patterson Ryan on Smith and Vick Ryan on Performance Vick on TD Drive Vick on Being Change of Pace QB Smith on Reps Smith on Offense Playing Together