This was certainly a tough article to write. There wasn’t a whole lot for Jets fans to smile about after their 26-3 demolition at the hands of their crosstown rival Giants. But here were the rays of light in what was an otherwise cloudy performance by Gang Green in their second preseason contest.
1. LaRon Landry, S
> Landry was flying all over the field, delivering big hits and even coming up with an interception. If he can stay healthy, Landry should be part of a much improved safety corps for the Jets. He also added two tackles.
2. Jordan White, WR
With Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens out with injuries, seventh-round pick Jordan White got his chance to play wide receiver with the Jets’ first-team offense. And for the most part, White looked sharp. He caught every pass thrown his way, and though the Jets offense struggled to throw the ball thanks to dismal pass protection, White made the most of every limited opportunity, finishing with three catches for 28 yards.
3. Bart Scott, ILB
> There had been talk that Scott had dropped weight and was looking faster in practice. Well, it showed against the Giants. Scott penetrated the backfield several times, and looked a lot better in run support than he did in the Jets’ second preseason game than he did much of last season. Scott finished the game with five tackles in one half of play against the Giants’ first team offense.
4. Quinton Coples, DE
> He looked solid against the run, and once again came up with a sack, even if it did come against the Giants’ backups. Coples’ final stat line was three tackles (two solo, one assist) and a sack. It’s becoming clear that Coples’ senior season at North Carolina was an anomaly, and that he does in fact have plenty of talent and potential to go along with raw physical ability. He still has some room for improvement, but that will come along with coaching. Coples should be a good player for the Jets defense.
5. Wayne Hunter, OT
> Yes, Wayne Hunter. Hunter allowed four sacks in one half of action, never allowing Mark Sanchez to have much of a chance to establish a passing rhythm. So, why is this a positive? Well, Hunter was so awful, that he clearly showed why he’s considered the weak link of the Jets offensive line. His performance against the Giants should force the Jets’ coaching staff to leave no stone unturned in their search to find Hunter’s replacement as soon as possible.
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