Keep an eye on these young undrafted free agents and the guys playing on special teams.
As mentioned earlier, it wasn’t the best showing by Reid Sinnett and the third-teamers, but it was good to see them score on a go-ahead drive late. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to hold said leave.
Sure, the first preseason game’s final score will be of little meaning in the long run, but you can best believe that this was used as a teaching point.
Josh Blackwell and Mario Goodrich, rookie UDFA cornerbacks
The Jets’ final drive of the evening led to a late score to put New York up on the scoreboard for good. A pass-interference committed by Mario Goodrich set Gang Green up with a first-and-goal opportunity with 21 seconds left on the clock. New York scored one play later as Chris Streveler connected with Calvin Jackson one play later. He beat Josh Blackwell in the process.
You can best believe Goodrich and Blackwell will want to get that taste out of their mouths, but they wouldn’t have been in those positions had the special teams done their jobs about a minute or so earlier.
Special teams coordinator Michael Clay
Coach Clay, your guys are officially under the microscope. The special teams unit has to be better.
Sure, Arryn Siposs did his job, downing two of his punts inside of the Jets’ 20-yard line. Jake Elliott had a nice night too, but the last thing you want to see is a 50-yard return that sets the opposing team up with first-and-ten at their 45-yard line with 1:33 left, especially when you’re getting nothing out of your return unit.
Sure, the defense has to come up with a stop, but they were put in a bad position. Michael Clay’s guys have to be better.