Jets vs. Texans Monday Night Football: Jets Standout Players from First Half
For the Jets, the first half of tonight’s game has done nothing but bring up more questions about their team. Aside from the fact that their starting defense did a good job of holding the Texans offense, there has not been much to cheer about. Even though it has been a dreary first half for the Jets, there are two players that stands out from the rest.
Those players are this year’s training camp superstar for the Jets Ropati Pitoitua and Josh Mauga. Pitoitua, the 6-foot-8 315 pound defensive end has not been a disappointment during tonight’s game against the Texans as his presence has definitely been felt when the Texans run the ball up the middle. He gets off blocks well and while he does not always make the tackle, running backs have been trying to avoid him, running right into other defenders. Pitoitua is a giant defensive end that plays best when he is healthy and plays low. Last year, he suffered an Achilles injury during the preseason that ended his rookie season, but if he stays healthy and continues to stay low when rushing, he could steal the starting job from rookie Muhammad Wilkerson.
Meanwhile, Josh Mauga impressed on his first play by sacking Matt Schaub for a loss of 13 yards, setting up a punt to Jeremy Kerley and putting the ball in the Jets hands for the first time tonight. Mauga also had another tackle in the backfield early in the second quarter. Mauga is entering his third year as a backup; the explosiveness he displayed early in the game and his ability to find the ball carrier is definitely something that Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will take a look at when they need someone for their exotic blitzes.
The Jets will be looking to both of these players down the line, they may be seeing the field as starters as soon as September 11th or in the coming years. Stay tuned for more analysis and developments during the second half.
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