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What We Learned from New York Jets’ Preseason Victory Over Cincinnati Bengals

August 17th, 2014 at 11:07 AM
By Mario Scipioni

The New York Jets are off to a good start in the 2014 NFL preseason with a 2-0 record after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 25-17. There was quite a bit to take away from this game that taught us a little more about this team.

Geno continues to prove that he is the guy: Geno Smith may not be producing outstanding numbers, but his performance against the Bengals showed that he deserves to be the starting quarterback. He seemed even more comfortable than last week and made some solid throws. In addition, he once again proved that he can be effective running the ball. Smith did what he had to do in the game. He has been studying a lot of game film, and it is starting to show and pay off. Therefore, it is still Geno Smith's job to lose.

The Louisville Slugger is the real deal: Calvin Pryor played in his first preseason game and immediately made a big impact. With several big hits, a fumble recovery, and an impressive display of speed and intensity, the team as well as Jets fans have something to look forward to. If Pryor can continue to play the way the he did against the Bengals every week, then the Jets may have found their x-factor on defense.

As time goes on, Chris Johnson will become a big part of the offense: Chris Johnson showed some good flashes in the Jets' victory. Whether it was on a run or catching passes out of the backfield, Johnson showed he can make great contributions to the offense. The more time goes on and the more Johnson learns the offense, the more he will become a big factor. He still has plenty left in the tank and will be a reliable guy in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.
The end may be near for Kyle Wilson and Stephen Hill: It was another game and another performance from both Kyle Wilson and Stephen Hill that did not bedazzle anyone. Wilson was beaten by Cincinnati's receivers all night, including Andy Dalton's touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu. Hill did have a nice over-the-head catch, but he also failed to haul one in inside the numbers and seemed to be very chippy. The big expectations of both players need to be met, and right now, that is not being done. It looks like they are both on thin ice.
It looks like there is trouble at the cornerback position: From this contest, we saw that the cornerback position is still the Achilles' heel of the Jets defense. With a combination of all the injuries at the position, the tough transition of Antonio Allen going from safety to cornerback, and the other players available not being ready to take on the role of a starter, things do not look great right now. Pass heavy teams will likely have field days with the Jets this season. Could this be an opportunity for the Jets to search for a veteran in free agency? Time will tell.
There is quite a bit to like from what the Jets have shown, but there are also still some lingering question marks. With the challenges they have lying ahead, it will be an interesting test for this team as they find out who they really are.

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