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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Petty Secures Spot In Ugly Pre-Season Game

  The Jets found a new meaning for the term “ugly.” The first team offense could not move the ball and the first team defense could not stop the opposition. Bryce Petty was one of the bright spots in a game the Jets lost 22-18 to the Washington Redskins. It was an effort to watch from beginning to end. It was one of those games that you kept repeating to yourself; “It’s just an exhibition game.”  With that said, it was the second game in a row that the opposing offense moved the ball, it seemed at will in the first quarter. The first quarter time of possession was stunning. The Redskins had the ball 13:58 and the Jets 1:02.  The Redskins made third down conversions look easy. Colt McCoy looked like All-World!  He was slicing up the Jets defense at will. Only an interception by Revis in the end zone on a ball that McCoy may have been trying to throw away stopped the drive.
  I thought the Jets defensive backs were awful. Marcus Williams was picked on constantly when he was in the game. Dee Milliner was again on the sidelines with his arm buried in ace bandages. No way the Jets waste a roster spot on this guy. For the second week in a row Leonard Williams made a big third down sack. Bilal Powell looked sharp again in limited play. Powell may have been the best off-season signing the Jets made keeping him in green.
  Let’s not get carried away with Bryce Petty but when he got in a rhythm, he looked real good. His numbers, 16-26, 242 yards, 2 TDs don’t tell the whole story. He had some excellent throws and was hurt on a dropped pass by Zach Sudfeld. He showed some chemistry with undrafted wide receiver Robby Anderson #83 from Temple (by way of Teaneck NJ). Anderson’s numbers were impressive, 
6 receptions, 131 yards with a beautiful touchdown reception. 
(See the scouting report of Robby Anderson below.)
  As positive a game that Petty had, Geno Smith was awful. He never looked comfortable out there. He locked on to his receivers and seemed lost most of the time. Right now it is not even a contest. Petty is number two. I still think the Jets may start the season carrying four quarterbacks but if they don’t, Geno Smith has got to be the odd man out. And this is right after I went to bat for him stating the case that his supporting cast has been weak. Geno played like he doesn’t want to be on this team.
  Punter Lac Edwards had a good game. He had 6 punts for a 46-yard average with excellent hang time. He had one bad punt and his long punt was 55 yards. Not to beat a dead horse but this guy is a breath of fresh air compared to Quigley.
  Jalen Marshall had a couple of drops as did Peake. Right now Peake looks like the better receiver of the two. Quincy Enunwa left the game after getting hit in the helmet and linebacker Erin Henderson also left the game. Nick Mangold did not play. Todd Bowles said it was a rest day but I am a little concerned. The good news is Wesley Johnson taking his place with Dakota Dozier and Kyle Friend behind him did a good job.
  The tight end position is of major concern. If Quincy Enunwa can grow into the position, it would be great. Jace Amaro has too many drops. Zach Sudfeld is a good back-up at best and Kellen Davis is more blocker than receiver.
  There was no sighting of Christian Hackenberg. I find it a little embarrassing that two weeks in a row the Jet opposition played their #6 round draft pick. This week it was QB Nate Sudfeld who actually had some good throws. I know the time of possession situation may have screwed up the Jets plan but come on guys, we want to see our second round pick already!

Green Tidbits:

…Thank God the Olympics were on during the game allowing us to switch back and forth… Two-time All-Pro; four-time Pro Bowler, and 1981 AFC Defensive Player of the Year Joe Klecko deserved the HOF. Joe gets denied again…..Jamie Foxx’s Verizon or Decker’s Pats TD, which gets played more?…..Already getting tired of hearing announcers and fans complain about Jets schedule the first six games. Man up and just play the team in front of you. Last I looked all six of those teams have players with two arms and two legs …..Running back situation is not in a panic mode yet. But I think Ryan Clady can hit the hole as fast as Tommy Bohanon…..Redskin WR Rashad Ross was the most impressive player on the field…..Marshall Plan 2: Brandon, Jalen and ‘Skins Keith Marshall…..Who plays first, Forte or Hackenberg?

Robby Anderson player profile. Temple, 6’3” 190 lbs.

40-yard dash: 4.34 seconds
Vertical: 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 8 inches
Short shuttle: 4.28 seconds
3-cone: 7.07 seconds
Bench: 8 reps of 225 pounds


STRENGTHS Has tremendous bounce to climb the ladder and snatch the pass at its high point. Has excellent balance and body control to make the circus catch. Plays faster than his timed speed and has decent short area quickness. Well-liked by coaching staff and considered a good teammate. Showed ability to get some separation during Shrine Game practices.

WEAKNESSES Rail-thin frame. Missed 2014 season after being suspended for academic purposes and elements of his game fell off in 2015. No such things as easy catches. Able to make the circus catch, but struggled badly with focus drops. Average long speed and getting deep on double moves and through play­-action.


BOTTOM LINE Tall, but rail thin with a 2015 season that featured Anderson's ability to make the incredible catch sandwiched with way too many drops. His separation quickness and overall speed doesn't jump off the tape, so he needs an impressive combine.

Note: Robby Anderson was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent.

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