The New York Jets took a beating last night against in their last preseason bout against the Philadelphia Eagles. In a a 37-7 loss, the Jets looked terrible on offense and defense. Players looked sloppy and slow. CB LeQuan Lewis had a nice interception in the first quarter, but he was beaten badly on several deep plays. CB Ellis Lankster wasn’t much better. It’s uncertain if CB Dee Milliner will be healthy enough to in the season opener against the Oakland Raiders a little over a week from now, and it’s not reassuring to see that his backups aren’t playing at a high level.
On the offense, WR Greg Salas had a pretty good training camp but wasn’t a factor in the game, with only one one eight-yard reception and a dropped ball. WR Stephen Hill, who is definitely fighting for a roster spot, performed only slightly better with one 13-yard reception and a dropped ball as well. With such a lackluster effort last night, my money is on Hill getting cut tomorrow.
What happened last night? Many second and third string players had decent camps but didn’t perform when it mattered the most. Although the last preseason game is usually a snoozer for fans, this game means everything to roster bubble players. They want to do anything they can to make a good last impression on the coaches so that by 4 p.m. tomorrow, their name will be on the roster. Based on last night’s performance, it seems like whichever players make it will just be the best of the worst. Hopefully more improvements will come in the next week.