You could probably fit a lot more into the Loser category after this game. We could put the entire group of tight ends and special teams onto the list. With that said, here are some of the players in position and/or roster battles who really stood out in last night’s loss to the Giants.
Eric Tomlinson: Loser
The only thing that helped Tomlinson was the poor play of his fellow tight ends. With that said, Tomlinson stood out as the worst of a terrible position group. He committed three penalties and had no receptions.
Trenton Cannon: Loser
I still think he’ll make the roster, but putting the ball on the ground for the third time on a return in two preseason games is going to make the coaching staff think twice about trusting him. He is probably out of the return competition now, and that kind of stuff has to have implications for the amount of offensive touches he gets.
Taylor Bertolet: Loser
With his primary camp competition now gone, Bertolet had a golden opportunity to stake a claim to the kicker job. Instead, he missed an extra point.
Brent Qvale: Loser
The entire offensive line struggled once again. While the line was better in pass protection in this game, the Jets only averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Qvale really stands out. He is consistently getting beaten badly. This is not the caliber of player who should be the primary backup at multiple positions. The problem is I’m not sure the alternative.
Sam Darnold: Winner
I would be surprised to not see Darnold announced as the starter in the next few days. Every throw he made that was not a throwaway hit his receiver in the hands except one. That pass was batted down at the line. The quarterback can’t do much more than that.
Terrelle Pryor: Winner
There has been a lot of negativity around Pryor. He hasn’t gotten on the field due to an offseason injury. He drew a rare public rebuke from his coach due to the injury. He needed to show something good, and that he did with a 12 yard touchdown reception. He took what looked like a fairly routine short reception into the end zone with an electrifying run.