Last night in the New york Jets home opener, Safety Eric Smith injured his hip as well as his surgically repaired left knee in Friday night’s 17-6 loss to the Cincinatti Bengals.However the Jets all-purpose Safety did’nt seem too concerned about his injury telling reporters “I don’t think it’s too serious.” He was injured while covering a punt in the second quarter. It looked like his right leg got twisted under a pile. However it was actually his left leg that got hurt. He had arthroscopic surgery on that same left knee after last season.
Smith would be tough to replace even though he’s not likely to be the starting Safety anymore. He also plays a vital role on special teams. Smith has worked with the first team through most of the jets training camp, Smith didn’t start at safety. LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell got most of the snaps but Smith did play in a rotating sub package with landry and Bell on pass packages. Rex Ryan said he went with Landry and Bell so they could get accustomed to each other as they learn the defense.
Smith did get x-rays after the game and they turned out to be negative and Smith was listed as day-to-day.
Jets Quarterback ,Tim Tebow’s highly anticipated debut went totally as expected He made some great scrambles getting away from pressure and had some good positive gains. However as usual Tebow had a problem when it came to throwing the ball. the Jets backup to Mark Sanchez went 4-8 for 27 yards with an interception. For all the “Tebow-maniacs”, the good news is that he was involved in four of the Jets’ six longest plays of the game, three runs and a pass play as well.
However ,that is very bad news for not for the Jets, who showed no offensive prowess at all. When your backup quarterback leads your team in rushing, as Tebow did with 34 yards on four scrambles, it’s a very troubling sign and sends up many red flags for the offense. Offensive Coordinator< Tony Sparano must get this running game straightened out in the next three weeks if the Jets are to have any success this season. It is imperative that they get back to the ” ground-and-pound” style of play that brought the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship apperaances in 2009 and 2010.
Jets Head Coach, Rex ryan did have some good things to say about Tim Tebow after the game. Ryan told reporters “I liked the poise he showed. Obviously, Tim made some big runs and that’s what we say he can do. If you want to come after him, you better get to him. In time, he’ll kill you running, and that’s what he did.” However. let me remind you all that these running plays from Tebow were not plays drawn up by the Jets coaching staff. They were just Tebow running around trying not to get sacked. But he might not get those opportunities in the regular season for the fact that the Jets said that he won’t be a quarterback in the conventional offense.
All the Jets and their fans can do is just let all of this unfold and take it’s course in the preseason. Remember Jets fans that it is not wins and losses that matter in the preseason. It is the performances of players that you all should be concerned about.
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