Last night, I attended the first preseason game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts. I have not yet re-watched the game, so some of my memories regarding specific details may be faulty. Despite that, I have a few thoughts on the first preseason game:
- I would rate the quarterbacks as even. Geno Smith looked significantly improved, like he was a lot more comfortable in the pocket. I really liked his read-option play. He had that one mistaken pass, but I'm not going to get on him for one mistake in his first game back. Mike Vick looked good as well, but other than a few runs, which to be fair were against backups, he wasn't particularly exceptional... not that Smith was either. In my book, tie goes to the second-year quarterback.
- Dee Milliner looked good as well. It's a minor bugaboo, but he should have caught that interception. This is a recurring theme with him and he needs to figure it out. He's good but he could be a game changer if he starts coming down with these balls.
- I was somewhat disappointed in Jalen Saunders. He didn't have much of a chance as a punt returner, but I went in expecting more from him.
- The offensive line struggled to get a push, especially in the run game. Between D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, and Breno Giacomini, they should have done better.
- Both Jace Amaro and Zach Sudfeld looked extremely good to me. Amaro has been criticized all camp and he came out and played very well. Sudfeld looks like he's the real deal, and I'm looking forward to seeing these two out there together in two-tight end sets.
- The team made it out of the first game relatively unscathed. Chris Ivory will be fine and so will Bilal Powell. I'm not worried about them. This is the most important thing of all.