Yesterday I posted five things to watch in the Jets-Eagles preseason finale. How did they look?
1. Matt Flynn vs. Josh Johnson
Both Flynn and Johnson had some degree of success. Flynn played the first half. Johnson played the season. I wasn't very impressed by either, though. I saw signs the success they had was probably based more about playing against backups than genuine ability.
Flynn did not show much pocket presence. He frequently wasn't stepping into his throws. He also made some pretty poor decisions, none worse than the interception inside his own 10 yard line. That can't happen.
Johnson looked to me like a quarterback who makes his first read and looks to run if that isn't there.
These are the types of traits that might allow a quarterback to have success in preseason against backups but will lead to pain against real defenses. Of course, that is the type of play we should expect from quarterbacks like Flynn and Johnson. There are reasons they both made it so long without finding teams.
The Jets are probably going to keep one of the two. I think I would keep Johnson. I think he has more upside to produce big plays with his bigger arm and better athleticism. He also avoided Flynn's mistakes. I hope the Jets never have to use either quarterback.