He wasn’t on the field for long, but Milliner showed that his improvement at the end of last year may not have been an aberration. Facing a pretty dangerous vertical passing game, last year’s top pick was challenged several times — but he always seemed to be in his man’s hip pocket, and showed good ball skills. The Colts weren’t afraid to throw at him, including once on a deep ball, but Milliner responded with two passes defensed and a pretty clean stat sheet. Obviously, it’s early August, but it’s a start.
The Jets’ front seven is so loaded that just making the roster will be a feat, but Edds certainly made his case loudly last night. The fourth-year linebacker from Iowa led the team in tackles with eight, and we heard his name so much that the number felt like it could’ve been higher. And just as a cherry on top, he also recovered a fumble to seal the game in the closing minutes. Edds was projected as a solid nickel linebacker coming out of college in 2010 before a torn ACL derailed his career, so who knows, the Jets may have found themselves a contributor.
Yes, Smith wasn’t on the field for too long. And yes, Michael Vick — the person trying to take his job — was responsible for Gang Green’s only touchdown drive of the night. But, electric 15-yard scramble aside, Vick did nothing as a passer that led you to believe he had changed from the inaccurate guy he’s been for years. Meanwhile, Geno looked calm and steady, running this West Coast offense in rhythm. He finished just 4 for 6 for 33 yards, but he added a 10-yard run in there as well and generally seemed in control. Added bonus: no turnovers!
13 different Jets caught passes on Thursday night. Stephen Hill wasn’t one of them. For all of the platitudes coming out of camp about how Hill has turned the corner, how he’s poised to finally contribute to the team that spent a high draft pick on him, this certainly wasn’t an encouraging sign. Hill was facing mostly backups and still managed to disappear, and it looks like Jets fans might be in for more of the same.
Johnson was brought in this offseason in the hope that he would add some much needed explosiveness to the Jets’ offense. All the reports from camp have been positive. In his first official action, though, he just looked like the guy who was in rapid decline in Tennessee. The offensive line wasn’t exactly paving the way — and Johnson isn’t the type of guy who can create yardage for himself — but four carries for just two yards wasn’t what fans had in mind. When there isn't room in front of him, Johnson is simply a below-average plodder.
Patterson got some glowing reviews from Rex Ryan and company when he was brought in to start opposite Dee Milliner this season. He was an underrated player for the Dolphins last year before injuries derailed his season, and the Jets desperately need someone to emerge as a second option. Last night left a lot of questions unanswered, though – Patterson gave up completions in front of him and behind him, not to mention a penalty surrendered to second-string wideouts. There’s no reason to think this is the Patterson we’ll see all year; he’s been a good player in his career, and those don’t just turn into pumpkins overnight. Not the best debut, though.