By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets picked up a nice win against the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-10, in the preseason finale Thursday night. There was several bright spots for the Jets.
Kony Ealy had a great debut game, with three tackles and a sack that resulted in a turnover, and he is well on his way to proving the Patriots wrong after they released him. Ealy should get his chance at revenge in Week 6 and 17 against the Patriots, and also against his former team, the Panthers, in Week 12.
Terrance Brooks had a great game on defense as well, with four tackles, one pass defense and a forced fair catch where he perfectly cut inside a block and pressed the returner.
Armageddon Draughn did not play well, and he may be one of the 1,000 people cut across the NFL on Saturday. In the few plays he got, he allowed the Eagles’ only touchdown, where QB Dane Evans faked him out and hit Marcus Johnson for the score.
Josh McCown gave the Jets fan base a collective mini heart attack, as he went down in what appeared to be agonizing pain, holding his throwing arm. But he was back in after one play on the bench after recovering from getting the wind knocked out of him.
Derrick Jones balled out, racking up five tackles, a pass defense and an interception, though replay seemed to show he actually dropped it, but the refs are always right.
The kicking battle wasn’t really solved, as Chandler Catanzaro made a 27-yarder, while Ross Martin made a 24-yarder and 22-yarder.
Romar Morris, who had many troubles last week, did not redeem himself this week, as he had one return for -3 yards.
In the end, the game ended up being closer than it should have, as while the Jets were trying to run out the clock, Marcus Murphy and Christian Hackenberg (10-of-22, 105 yards, touchdown) bobbled the handoff and the Eagles recovered. That set Philadelphia up inside the 30 with two minutes to go. Thankfully, Evans wasn’t able to connect in the end zone, and the Jets had the win to finish the preseason 2-2.
All-in-all, the game was encouraging, and showed there may be some unexpected faces on the final 53-man roster, and it could lead to a season that will far exceed people’s expectations.