The Jets may have left MetLife Stadium on Friday night without the Snoopy trophy, since they lost to the Giants, 35-24, but what they gained in this contest may end up being more beneficial in the long run: 405 yards of offense.
Sure, it was a preseason game and the yards and scores may not go in the record books, but this was a step in the right direction in what was likely the last time most starters would see the field before Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders.
In the regular-season dress rehearsal,
“I felt like we did good, man,” Ivory said. “I felt like once we got in a rhythm, things were rolling and once you get explosive plays, it builds momentum on your side.”
“I feel like we’re taking steps,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t sit here and say we’re where we need to be, but we’re working, getting better and better every game.”
"I think it helps our offense with balance," Smith, who learned from Rex Ryan that he would start on opening day, said of the ground game. "We've been pretty balanced throughout preseason. As long as we continue to keep that balance and not become one-dimensional and not put ourselves in third-and-longs and tough situations, I think we can have a really good offense."
“The first couple of weeks I had those struggles in training camp but I really felt comfortable today. With Jeff [Cumberland] being out these last two weeks, it really has helped me, playing 50-plus snaps in these games,” he said. “It's just really helped me out a lot to really feel the offense and just get real comfortable. Today I felt a lot better than I did last week and a step ahead from the first preseason game.”
“We ran the ball well, we spread the ball around in the passing game, and the defense played a great first half,” said Decker, who caught his first touchdown as a Jet. “Now it’s just finishing those games. Overall, I think we can get better, but it was definitely a mark in the right direction.”
“You have to be versatile, be able to spread the field vertically with receivers and do it horizontally with running backs and hit the lanes,” he said. “We have a great offensive line and they’re going to determine how far we go as an offense this year and I’m excited to see us grow together.”
The Jets’ offense seems to be soaring with confidence, but QB
“It was an opportunity to go out there and show how good we can be. Obviously, consistency is what’s most important,” said Vick, who was 4-for-5 for 35 yards and one touchdown. “We’ve got to continue to keep harping on that. We have to continue to put ourselves in position to score and that comes in all three phases of the game."
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