The Jets lose to the Houston Texans 20-16. Here is a quick post on some of my thoughts about tonight’s game. I’ll have more tomorrow. Greg McElroy played a good game considering his O-line was allowing him to get hammered. The kid is a gritty player who is a winner. If Campbell catches that ball in the end zone, the game is over and the Jets leave Houston with a win.
TheJetsStream#Jets rookie WR Michael Campbell with a terrific sluggo route, but drops what would have been a 32-yard TD pass from McElroy. #nyj8/15/11 11:19 PM
Greg McElroy’s 35 pass attempts are the most by a #Jets QB in preseason since Ray Lucas in 1999. #nyj8/15/11 11:16 PM
Notables: Kenrick Ellis had a nice tip of the ball which caused an interception. The guy is strong and showed he will be a beast. Kyle Wilson looked a lot better than his rookie season. He didn’t play much, but there was a play where he was tight on coverage and he turned his head around and showed better ball awareness. Jeremy Kerley showed his explosiveness on kick and punt returns. He’s going to be a factor on special teams. Jeff Cumberland looked VERY good snagging 6 balls and had the longest catch for the Jets. He has a great chance to be that second TE the Jets were looking to do when they were talking about adding another receiving threat. Josh Mauga was a beast considering it was pre-season. He really helped his chances with a solid game. He showed speed, had a sack and picked that ball off the Ellis tip.
The ugly: Vlad Ducasse. Wow. He looks the same as he did last year and the thing I worry about the most is the fact that he’s going to get his QB killed.
Second-year OL Vlad Ducasse continued to struggle. When the second-team line came in, Ducasse switched to right tackle — and he promptly surrendered another sack, this one to Jesse Nading, who blew past him with an outside rush. At least Ducasse didn’t get any of his teammates hurt on this play, as he did in the first quarter with C Rob Turner. With the Turner injury and Ducasse’s struggles, the lack of line depth is a bigger issue than before. – Cimini
Rob Turner’s injury weakens the depth at O-line. Let’s hope it’s not serious but we’ll know more tomorrow.
New York Jets offensive tackle Robert Turner is carted off the field after injuring his leg during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
I know I’m missing some other players but Vlad takes the cake. I’ll be posting more in the morning about the game.
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