The New York Jets gave some extended work to their starters in preseason game number two.

New York Jets’ QB Sam Darnold and friends played into the second quarter of tonight’s game against the Atlanta Falcons as coach Adam Gase began to extend his front line players in preseason week two. Here are some initial thoughts as the game ends on Thursday night:

  • Sam looked good again: He went 5-7 for 46 yards, playing into the early part of the second quarter. The first drive was Darnold’s sharpest, when he led the team on an eight play, 66 yard drive that ended in a Ty Montgomery touchdown run. He involved Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson and the offense looked good. Generally speaking, he hit his receivers in the hands, sometimes in absolutely tight windows.
  • Thank you Taylor, next!!: Taylor Bertolet was brought in to replace Chandler Catanzaro after his retirement. He hit a 49 yard field goal in the third quarter but did miss two extra points. One would think that more kicking auditions will take place over the weekend and potentially beyond.
  • Ty Montgomery is a major asset: We have seen him play in Green Bay but seeing him in a Jets uniform really made a difference. He is quick! On this night he averaged 5.1 yards per carry and took one carry in for the score. He will be an able-bodied second stringer when he comes in to give Le’Veon Bell a rest.
  • Gregg Williams plays his free safety deep: This has been seen on film but seeing it live is very different. Williams seems to play his free safety in a different zip code from the rest of the team. Doug Middleton, for example, was often outside of the TV frame he was playing so deep. I understand not giving up the big play but one would have to think that this will cause problems during the regular season.
  • Gregg can dial up pressure, though: Especially early in the game, the Jets were in Matt Ryan‘s face a lot. Henry Anderson, Jamal Adams and others got in there. Quinnen Williams drew a holding penalty with his strength off of the edge. Gregg Williams is an aggressive coach and he will be really creative with this group.
  • Don’t judge the DB’s: Yes, Matt Ryan tore them up in the second quarter, and even Matt Schaub looked good. But the Falcons left their starters in against the Jets backups. No it’s not a great group, we know that, especially on the outside. But this wasn’t a fair night to judge them.


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