Last Friday the New York Jets opened the preseason with a visit to the Lions in Detroit at Ford Field. They got behind early and never caught up, losing 26-17, but at least, unlike last preseason, they scored an offensive touchdown in this first game and with the first team offense.
After the Jets defense held the Lions, Mark Sanchez found Ryan Spadola for a first down on third and nine. On the very next play, Ziggy Ansah picked Sanchez and returned it for a touchdown to open the scoring. One slight surprise was that the expected starting combo of Stephen Peterman and Willie Colon were switched from their natural positions and started at left guard and right guard respectively. Detroit's next drive resulted in a 47-yard David Akers' field goal to make the lead 10-0. The Jets drove to score a touchdown from Sanchez to Jeff Cumberland for 26 yards that was highlighted by an initial catch and run for 24 yards by Kellen Winslow. Also, Sanchez connected to Jeremy Kerley for another 24 yard catch and run on a critical third down play.
Geno Smith came in to start this period and completed his first pass to Clyde Gates for a first down, but the possession ended in a Ryan Quigley punt. Garrett McIntyre was treated on the sideline just before the two minute warning. Smith went into the two minute offense with the second team line, (from left to right) Oday Aboushi, Dennis Landolt, Caleb Schlauderaff, Vlad Ducasse and J.B. Shugarts and the second team skill position players as well. The score was 20-7 Lions at the half.
Geno Smith started the second half from the shotgun and found Braylon Edwards for five yards. John Griffin ran for a first down to the right sideline, but hurt his knee on the play. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. On the very next play after Griffin left the game, Smith hurt his ankle and came off the field. Greg McElroy entered the game. After trading punts, McElroy found Ben Obomanu twice for big gains to set up the next score. McElroy found Zach Rogers for a touchdown inside the 10 yard line to cut the lead to 20-14. Dennis Landolt left late in third quarter with an injury that forced the Jets to release him Tuesday, and once he clears waivers he will likely be added to the injured reserve, ending his season. Nick Folk connected from 51 yards to make it 23-17 as the period ended.
It was reported that earlier in the game Garrett McIntyre had not returned because of an injury as well. Many players saw their first action with the Jets including Junior Aumavae at defensive tackle with the longest amount of hair coming outside of one's helmet that this writer has ever seen, going down most of his back. Matt Simms, vying for the third string quarterback job with McElroy, was one player who did not see any game action.
Two turnovers led to 10 points by the Lions, and over 10 penalties didn't help either, especially several offsides by both Antwan Barnes and Ricky Sapp. On Saturday, the Jets return to MetLife Stadium to host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hopefully that game brings better play, and less injuries, which seem to be piling up quickly as well.
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