New York Jets: Six Players to Watch Against the Eagles

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

With the final week of preseason games coming up the New York Jets will be resting all their starters to be prepared for week one of the regular season. Many players on the team have not yet secured a roster spot or will simply not be starting week one. With the cut day coming soon this could be the last chance these guys have to showcase their talent to the New York Jets.

Jachai Polite

Third-round pick Jachai Polite has had a rough couple of months from sliding into the third round of the draft to potentially being cut by the Jets. While it is unlikely that Polite gets cut he still needs to show some semblance of talent. Polite has been a disappointment in camp and hasn’t seen much of the field in the preseason. If Jachai Polite doesn’t show something against third-stringers on Thursday, then he might be a bigger project than anticipated.

Deontay Burnett

With a crowded wide receiver room and not many open spots, Deontay Burnett seems to be the odd man out. Burnett doesn’t offer any value on special teams like Josh Bellamy and Greg Dortch. What Burnett lacks in special teams he makes up for in chemistry with Sam Darnold. Burnett was Darnold’s favorite target at USC after Juju Smith-Schuster left for the NFL. Burnett flashed in his limited time last season and is a fan favorite but unless he can show out on Thursday it’s a coin flip on whether he’ll make the team.

Taylor Bertolet

Taylor Bertolet may have saved his job last week against the Saints hitting two field goals from 48 and 56 yards. Many people do not believe Bertolet will be on the team week 1 but he is building a strong case to make the 53-man roster. Bertolet is far from a lock to make the team but if he can muster up on last good performance, he might beat the odds and be the kicker week one.

Tevaughn Campbell

Tevaughn Campbell is one of the few players in the secondary who have done well in the preseason. Campbell led the team in tackles and PD’s against the Falcons and did his best against top wideout Michael Thomas on the Saints. If Campbell can pull off one final performance against the Eagles, then his long journey from the CFL to the NFL will be quite the Cinderella story.

Blake Cashman

After a hot start in training camp, Blake Cashman has cooled off quite a bit. Cashman hasn’t seen the field much since the Giants game due to injury, but he looked solid racking up three tackles last week against the Saints. Cashman will have one final chance to showcase his talent to the coaching staff and make his case to be starting week one. Even though its unlikely Cashman will start week one you can expect to see more of him later in the season as he develops.

Chuma Edoga

Chuma Edoga has been quite the surprise player on the New York Jets. Edoga was seen as a developmental tackle coming out of USC but he has flashed a lot potential. Edoga’s ability to play on either side of the line has impressed many fans and has earned him a spot as a backup tackle. I wonder if, by this time next year, we will be talking about Edoga being the franchise tackle this team has needed since D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

New York Jets: Grades and Analysis Against the Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets, Luke Falk

The New York Jets come out of Atlanta with their first win of the preseason, and they showed a lot of promise across the board. Here is my analysis of the game and some team grades.

Sam Darnold is looking good

Sam Darnold is looking like the real deal. After completing 5 out of 7 passes for 46 yards, the Jets signal-caller looks like he has total command of the offense. Darnold showed grace under pressure by keeping himself composed while evading defenders in the pocket. Darnold also showed his ability to perfectly place the ball by throwing behind Robby Anderson on a go route and almost completing a beautiful dime on the move to Quincy Enunwa in the endzone.

If Darnold continues to show this kind of quality, then Jets will finally have the franchise QB they’ve been looking for, for the past 50 years.

Front seven is deadly

The New York Jets front seven has been dominant allowing 124 rushing yards combined in the first two preseason games. This unit has the potential to be good with C.J. Mosely operating the ship. Henry Anderson was lights out, putting a lot of pressure on Matt Ryan. Quinnen Williams was also showing up tonight being a disruptive force down the middle, specifically on third down.

The New York Jets have something special going on in the front seven. It’ll be up to the secondary to complete the defense and make it a top unit.

Secondary getting torched

The Jets secondary, specifically their cornerbacks, are getting manhandled every down. The secondary couldn’t stop a person with paraplegia if there were one on the field. To make matters worse, the football gods handed out their weekly slap to the face to Jet fans by injuring some of the no names in the already thin secondary. The Jets secondary situation is in DEFCON 1; Joe Douglas needs to make a move now if not, the results could be disastrous.

Still, don’t have a kicker

Taylor Bertolet is the only kicker on the Jets roster right now, and the Jets should seriously consider adding some competition. Bertolet wasn’t awful, but he also wasn’t that good. Bertolet had a rocky start after missing an extra point to start the game but redeemed himself by hitting a 49-yard field goal. Bertolet did have a small sample size tonight and should be given another shot, but I don’t think any Jet fan is comfortable with him being the only kicker on the roster.

Offensive Grade: B

The offense tonight was good all around no matter who was on the field. The biggest issue was the fact that O-line looked inconsistent throughout the whole game. Another issue I had was that the running game was nonexistent after Ty Montgomery left the field. Other than those two problems, I think they looked solid.

Defensive Grade: B-

This grade is most reflective on the front seven; however, as the game progressed, the secondary did look a little better. The New York Jets still have work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but tonight they looked alright.

Special Teams Grade: B

The only reason this grade isn’t an A or an A- is because of the missed extra points by Bertolet. Other than Bertolet’s mistakes, they were average group tonight.

Overall Grade: B



New York Jets: Preseason Preview Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets

New York Jets

The New York Jets play the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night this week and it will be a critical moment for some players to showcase their talent on a roster that lacks depth. We’ll see the starters play about a quarter Thursday night and continue to show their potential. Some things to keep an eye on for this game will be the starters in the secondary, new kicker Taylor Bertolet and a couple young emerging receivers.

What will the secondary look like?

The New York Jets secondary has been decimated by injuries over the past week with Trumaine Johnson and Kyron Brown both falling to hamstring injuries. The starting cornerbacks for Thursday will most likely be Darryl Roberts and Arthur Maulet. The Jets are thin at corner after releasing Derrick Jones earlier this week. It’s gotten so bad that Jamal Adams has offered to play both corner and safety for the team. The Jets have a couple more weeks until the regular season but who knows how much longer they can go without having any depth at corner.

Give us more

Sam Darnold is like a drug, his presence on the field is so addictive to Jets fans that we can’t get enough. When Sam Darnold is on the field it feels like the past 50 years of incompetence and ineptitude get erased. Darnold is the savior of the team. On Thursday night Jet fans will get a bigger dose of Darnold in the new offense and we all can’t wait.

Who is Taylor Bertolet?

The New York Jets new kicker Taylor Bertolet was signed shortly after Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement Sunday morning. Taylor Bertolet played for Texas A&M where he set the record for most PATs in a season. Bertolet was on the roster last preseason until he lost his position to Jason Meyers. As of right now, Bertolet is the only kicker on the roster, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jets bring in an experienced veteran to compete with him.

Stars in the making?

New York Jets wide receivers Deontay Burnett and Greg Dortch both flashed potential against the Giants with the latter scoring a touchdown. Everyone knows Deontay Burnett from his time in USC acting as Sam Darnold’s safety blanket but not many know of Dortch. The rookie receiver from Wake Forest came onto the scene as being the potential replacement for kick returner after Andre Roberts left, but his string of good practices and games might land him a bigger role on offense. If both receivers continue to shine, the New York Jets will have a much deeper receiver room than previously thought.

New York Jets: Who Will Take Chandler Catanzaro’s Role as Kicker?

New York Jets, Jason Myers

The New York Jets have a gigantic need for a kicker after Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement on Sunday morning. With Catanzaro gone, the Jets must fill the kicker position quickly as their second preseason game approaches. Jets top option, Kaare Vedcik, was traded from the Baltimore Ravens for a fifth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The free-agent market isn’t packed with any promising solutions, the top options being Matt Bryant and Blair Walsh. Dan Bailey might be a future option for the Jets as he will be battling Vedvik for the kicker spot on the Vikings.  The Jets have little to work with and will probably have to wait until the cut day to scour the market for their new kicker.

Open Competition

I think the New York Jets should approach this problem the same way the Bears have, get as many kickers as possible and hold a giant competition. The Jets have nothing to lose, bring in 5 guys and make them battle it out seems like the most logical way to find your guy. Five players the Jets can bring in are Taylor Bertolet, Matt Bryant, Blair Walsh, Ross Martin, and Matt McCrane.

Trading Options

If the Jets were to trade for their new kicker, names like Dan Bailey and Mason Crosby would be intriguing. A trade would most likely cost the Jets to fork over at least a 5th or 6th round pick, but its better than losing a game due to a missed field goal because you were too cheap to trade.