Let’s talk about winners and losers of various position and roster battles from last night’s preseason game between the Jets and the Redskins.
Brent Qvale: Loser
Jeremy Bates’ playcalling helped to obscure Qvale’s struggles as much as possible, but the backup left tackle regularly lost his assignments starting in place of Kelvin Beachum. Qvale probably doesn’t have a lock on the backup left tackle job, and a performance like we saw last night might have helped play his way out of it.
Jonotthan Harrison: Loser
The other backup offensive lineman pressed into starting duty did not fare much better. He was beaten cleanly for a sack on the first drive of the game, and things did not improve much from that point. Like Qvale, Harrison’s performance runs the risk of playing him out of the backup role and possibly even off the roster.
Darryl Roberts: Loser
Roberts is in a battle to keep a roster spot, but he was beaten for a couple of big plays last night, one of which was a touchdown called back on a penalty. Rashard Robinson, one of Roberts’ competitors, played an uneven game, but he at least had some positive plays to take from the evening. Roberts’ night did not go so well.
Thomas Rawls: Loser
Rawls was always an underdog to make the roster. He lost almost all of training camp to an injury. Because of that he needed a big game to make it up. 8 carries for 12 yards will not do.
Chad Hansen: Loser
Hansen is quickly becoming one of the new posterboys for why OTA hype doesn’t matter. One of the reported standouts of the offseason program, Hansen has been largely invisible in training camp and the preseason. In a crowded receiver room, he needed to make a splash. Instead he let that opportunity literally slip through his fingers, dropping a perfect Teddy Bridgewater deep pass.
Teddy Bridgewater: Winner
It’s not so much based on his performance. A player like Bridgewater should be expected to dominate a defense full of borderline NFL players. The fact that Teddy took big hits, including a big lower body shot, and showed no ill effects is an indication his career is getting back on track. He still seems to be in the running for the starting job, but this preseason has been a nice video resume for the rest of the league as well.
Tre McBride: Winner
McBride got some first team snaps and came up with a couple of key catches.
George Atkinson: Winner
Like Rawls, Atkinson has always been a longshot to make the roster. There might be a narrow path clearing for him, however. The injuries to Elijah McGuire, Isaiah Crowell, and Trenton Cannon could conceivably lead to an extra back making the team. Atkinson putting up 61 yards from scrimmage in eight touches helps his case.
Charone Peake: Winner
With all of the receivers the Jets have brought in over the last two years, Peake has become something of a forgotten man. Like Hansen, he desperately needed to show something positive. Unlike Hansen he did, hauling in 2 catches for 29 yards (second best on the team), including a spectacular 16 yard touchdown reception from Bridgewater.