The New York Jets wrapped up their 3rd preseason game on August 28 with a close win over the New York Giants, after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 on August 12 and the Atlanta Falcons on August 22. The Giants game was the second win after a successful scrimmage with the opposing team.
Quarterback Zach Wilson was injured in the Eagles game, which has changed the face of the practice field and the preseason games.
On August 20, the New York Jets hosted a joint practice, a controlled scrimmage, at One Jets Drive against the Falcons.
The weather was hot, but fans came to glimpse their favorite rookies and seasoned players. Considering the Wilson injury, which puts him out for a month, fans were pleased to see Joe Flacco #19, Mike White #5, and Chris Streveler #15 exercise their arms and throw some fantastic passes.
Upon entering the facility, fans could get autographs from Laveranues Coles, Wayne Chrebet, and John Abraham if they were willing to wait in a short line. The Jets property is a state-of-the-art facility with expansive practice fields.
Jets Rewards ticket holders were privy to the VIP Hospitality section of the viewing stands, which included snacks and water and the comfort of a tent overhead.
Several players were wearing the new NFL soft helmet, designed to help prevent concussions.
Flacco threw a couple of well-connected passes to #82 Irvin Charles while White hit his target, WR Elijah Moore. Recent draft picks on the field were RB Jermaine Johnson, CB Ahmad Gardner, and WR Garrett Wilson.
Last week, at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center, the Giants hosted a 90-minute joint practice against the Jets, with some hard-hitting plays and a quarterback injury scare when Jets defensive lineman John-Franklin Myers knocked Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to the ground.
All-in-all, Jets fans are once again geared up for what might be their best regular season in years.
During the Giants game, Flacco played the first quarter but was intercepted in the second. White threw a 21-yard catch and run to Braxton Berrios, resulting in a touchdown. Moore made catching a pass look like a walk in the park.
WR Denzel Mims made news this past week when his agent requested a trade out from the Jets. But he was a frequent target in the Giants game, scoring a touchdown. Commentator Anthony Becht said, “This game just increased his value.” We will see what happens with Mims in the next few days.
TE Christopher Uzomah was interviewed on the field and claimed strong camaraderie exists in the locker room this year. Rookies and seasoned players were quick to get his advice on how it felt to be in Super Bowl last year when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals. So it’s good for the Jets players to visualize going for the brass ring ahead of the season.
QB Streveler threw a touchdown pass to WR Calvin Jackson on fourth-and-goal with a few seconds left to the game to send the Giants packing.
Streveler was asked if he expected to be on the team and said, “It’s everyone fighting for spots in clutch moments.” He certainly played well in the clutch.
Coach Robert Saleh couldn’t contain his Cheshire cat grin as he walked off the field, congratulating the players as he walked to the locker room.
Jets fans hope the preseason games preview what to expect from our team this year.