New York Jets' Offensive Game Plan and Camp Spotlights
One of the biggest questions in Jets camp so far this summer has been what their offensive game plan will be.
Last season, the Jets ranked first in the NFL for rushing yards per game at 172.2. They used Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene, but now, Jones has departed to Kansas City, replaced by LaDainian Tomlinson.
By bringing in Tomlinson, along with receiver Santonio Holmes, it looks like the Jets may pass slightly more. Not to say they will become the Texans or Colts, but perhaps the gap between rushing and passing yards will thin.
The Jets didn't bring in Holmes to run obviously, and Tomlinson should get some passes in the backfield, especially on third down.
What this all does is put some more pressure on second-year quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Last season, as a rookie, he was asked to pass when really needed and limit mistakes.
This season, he will be asked to carry more of the load, and he hasn't looked overly impressive in his minimal chances in preseason.
The first pass he threw against the Giants last week was picked off by Antrel Rolle, and he didn't throw any touchdowns on Saturday against the Panthers, nearly throwing two interceptions.
He hasn't had too many opportunities, but still doesn't look ready to take over an offense and be a major force as a passer.
The Jets will still be a ground-and-pound offense, but probably not as much as last season.
After being knocked as a washed-up running back with no legs, Tomlinson has shown some promise in his first two preseason games. He has rushed 11 times for 43 yards, and has looked like the old LT from his Hall of Fame Charger days. He has even shown what he could do as a receiver, catching three passes for 16 yards. It's only preseason, and he should be fresh, but at least he doesn't look shot like some had claimed.
Although he'll miss the first four games of the season, Holmes has looked good coming over from the Steelers. He has averaged nearly 14 yards per reception, and will hopefully stay in shape over his one-month suspension.
Remember when Folk messed up and left a sour impression on Rex Ryan and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff on day one of camp? Well, Westhoff addressed the issue, and so far it has worked.
After having a bad year with the Cowboys in 2009, Folk had a great game on Saturday against Carolina. So far, Folk has successfully kicked five field goals of 30 yards or more, including two from 40 yards or more. He has only missed one field goal in the two preseason games so far.
Heading in the Right Direction
He was so nervous that he threw up on his first day of camp, but finally broke through some tackles on Saturday. He broke off a 67-yard punt return, silencing Rex Ryan and company for now, who wanted to see more from the fourth-round pick.
"I got a lot of feedback, but I didn't like the feedback I got," McKnight said on Saturday. He's probably not going to be a primary back come opening night, but he's trying to change perceptions.
If Darrelle Revis isn't going to be there by opening night, first-round pick Kyle Wilson wants to make sure he fills in admirably. No, he won't be Revis and don't expect that, but he isn't doing anything to hurt his case as a replacement come week one.
Notes from Coach Rex Ryan
Guard Charlie Tanner went down with a knee injury during nine-on-seven drills today. It might be an MCL sprain, according to Ryan, and an MRI will be taken.
Doing Well on "D"
Brodney Pool is "doing well on defense" Ryan said today. The first group has done well and you have to "realize he's new to the system."
Fight for Backup QB
Although Mark Brunell has done well as Mark Sanchez's potential backup, Ryan didn't eliminate Kellen Clemens from the discussion. In fact, when asked about Clemens, he said, "He clearly leads the battle with Brunell."
Close on Extension
The Jets and center Nick Mangold are close to signing a contract extension. Ryan said that he feels Mangold is the best center and Kris Jenkins is the best nose tackle in football. They were going up against each other today.
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