The New York Jets put up a valiant fight against their AFC East rival New England Patriots. Gang Green’s rookie quarterback Geno Smith got his first taste of this storied struggle of franchises. He came out once again showing poise in the pocket. When plays broke down, Smith used tremendous running ability. This of course helps set him apart from Mark Sanchez. There were moments of great potential as arm strength clearly is a staple of his game. Unfortunately, Jets’ receivers dropped numerous passes that should have been caught. These plays could have been the difference.
Stephen Hill showed some improvement, but made one critical mistake. One catch put New York in good position. A fumble took away this chance and although it was kicked out of his hands, Hill needs to protect the football. Santonio Holmes made some good plays, but can’t be their only reliable option. Of course, Jeremy Kerley was out of action with a concussion. His game-breaking speed serves as a tremendous asset and having that once again will stretch opposing defenses.
Clyde Gates tried to fill in, but did not finish several receptions. After a great Week 1 showing, tight end Kellen Winslow struggled against New England.
Entering their Sunday matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Smith must have significant contributions from pass catchers. Mario Williams will look to pressure him, so it is imperative that someone gets open and catches the ball. Yes, this quarterback made some ill-advised throws, but overall, had very little assistance.
There will be a lot of interest as Buffalo brings out fellow rookie E.J. Manuel. Look for comparisons to continue for years between these two individuals. Their defense is playing well, so at least the Jets are competing. If the other side picks up production, then they could stun some teams this season.