Updated, 11:30 p.m. ET
Tonight's Jets preseason finale at Philadelphia, won by the Eagles, 37-7, began with a little wave of Rex Ryan-orchestrated nostalgia.
Then the Jets head coach called time out, took out Vick and inserted
"Very classy," Vick said of Ryan's gestures and the Lincoln Financial Field fans' cheers. "You never know what to expect when you’re the opposition. It was very warm. I appreciate it. It’s a bittersweet feeling being back, but hey, it is what it is."
And then this game became what it would be — your usual fourth preseason game, filled with some unexciting football, especially for the visitors, between second- and third-stringers but punctuated with some exceptional plays by the young men trying to improve their spots on the depth chart or merely to hold onto pro roster spots.
The Jets' loss evened their preseason mark at 2-2, and the score and especially the 568 yards allowed — the most by a preseason opponent since 1970 — weren't pretty.
"I mean, it was a very poor performance by us without question. For the guys that work so hard, I hate for us to end it like we did," said Ryan, adding, "I don't know what the stats were but I don't think I've given up that many yards in my life."
But the numbers weren't as important as which bubble players rose and which fell with final cuts up next. The first cuts could be announced Friday and the last of the 22 players have to be moved to complete the 53-player roster by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
Who Helped Themselves
RB Daryl Richardson started to pick up speed in the second quarter with a 21-yard reception and had a team-leading 52 yards from scrimmage at the half and 61 yards for the game.
Then fifth-round rookie LB
Who Didn't Help Themselves
Lewis gave up the opening touchdown on a 43-yard TD from Barkley to Arrelious Benn and later a 32-yarder to Jeff Maehl. "He was up and down," Ryan said. "But I like the way the young man competes."
The beleaguered Jets secondary was under the gun by more than just Barkley (22-for-34 for 253 yards). The injury bug continued to bite.
Simms didn't fare as well as he did last year, when he went all the way and completed 33 of 44. This time he was 7-for-17 for 121 yards and no scoring drives. "I thought we did OK, but we could've played better," Simms said. "We just didn't connect the dots."
It could be argued that Boyd (7-for-12, 92 yards, deflected 42-yard TD pass to
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