There is a laundry list of players who could really use the preseason as a launching pad for more playing time on the New York Jets. Jeremiah George, Stephen Hill and any of the Jets’ rookies could have used a big game to start them off on the right foot, but the real breakout star was Indianapolis Colts‘ Dan Herron.
In the first quarter when the starters took the field, the only thing I really noticed was Andrew Luck and his ability to move down the field with ease. I saw a nice breakup by Dee Milliner and a sack by Calvin Pace later on, but there wasn’t one Jets player who really took the opportunity to make the game theirs. Jace Amaro had some catches on a few short routes and so did Eric Decker, but what about someone like Jalen Saunders or Zach Sudfeld making a big play and getting some recognition?
The only two guys who really stood out on the Jets were rookie kicker Andrew Furney, who nailed a 51-yard field goal for the win, and rookie LB IK Enemkpali, who had a nice strip sack and fumble; but that was the only play where he stood out. I don’t want to overreact to one game, but for some of the new guys on the team trying to make a big impression, this is their chance — don’t waste these preseason games.
Even the high-profile guys like Geno Smith and Michael Vick didn’t do anything spectacular.
Vick showed that he could still use his legs to make plays and Smith didn’t commit any turnovers, which is a major plus, but I was hoping for a breakout player in the way Herron really stepped up and made the most of his opportunity. Herron had seven carries and six catches for a total of 62 yards, and he scored a touchdown too. That is the type of performance one of the unnoticed Jets players needs to have if they want to make a statement in the preseason.