Thursday Night Football notes from Chansi Stuckey. Image: NYDN
Chris ivory came to play— he ran hard and brought a much needed physical element to the running game Thursday night. (53 yards on 12 carries)
Geno Smith had two very impressive throws in first quarter— one to Holmes on a corner route that usually requires a lot of rapport in the QB/WR relationship. Geno threw the ball before Holmes was out of his break. Impressive. The next throw, to Clyde Gates, was in the endzone that only he could and should have caught. The ball was low and away from the defender.
Good job finding his check down receivers. He made some key mistakes at the end of the game with the interceptions, but ultimately was pretty good managing the game going against a Bill Belichick coached defense. Jets fans should be encouraged.
Receivers have to help him out by catching the ball Holmes is not yet where he needs to be. He lacks the suddenness and explosives thats an intricate part of his game, He was still able to make a lot of plays when they came his way. He upgrades the position greatly even when not at 100%. Stephen Hill continues to frustrate coaches and players
Dee Milliner is not ready (Benched by Rex Ryan)
I think the Jets dominated up front which I think now is there identity. Jets D held Pats to 0-8 on 3rd downs, at one point of the game. The Jets safeties should not be covering down on slot receivers. Each time Tom Brady saw that matchup, he took it and completed it. Let's not be fooled by the Pats horrific 3rd down efficiency, guys were open all day, but could not catch the football.
Extra Points... Offensively, the Jets are lacking big, explosive plays and a legitimate player to makes plays downfield. Defensively, they need someone to step up in the secondary.
Chansi Stuckey is a former Jets wide receiver, who was drafted by the team in 2007, and played with Gang Green until being traded to the Browns on October 7, 2009. Stuckey also played for the Arizona Cardinals. He can be reached out to on Twitter: @ChansiStuckey.