Starting in his place was undrafted free agent Marquel Blackwell, who played a terrific game. He passed for two touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 128.8. While he's not likely going to make the team, he looks like a perfect quarterback for the CFL or the Arena League. He's got a strong arm and is very mobile. He showed his arm strength on his 39-yard TD strike to Jon Carter, who virtually locked up the fifth wide receiver spot with his performance. He had three catches for 69 yards. In all fairness to Phil McGeoghan, also a strong candidate for the fifth receiver spot, he didn't have a pass thrown to him in the last two games. McGeoghan looks like a good practice squad candidate . . .
The Jets have issues at backup cornerback. Both Jamie Henderson and Andrew Davison have been inconsistent throughout the preseason, and that continued in Philadelphia. Actually the backup cornerback who played the best at Lincoln Financial Field was former NFL Europe player Troy Grant. Against the Eagles, he led the secondary in tackles with five and had a pretty pass defensed. He was a nice pickup by the Jets before camp and looks like he's going to be staying around. Henderson admitted after the game he is still rusty after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.
"I need some ironing," said Henderson. "I'm a little wrinkled."
The Jets might need to claim a cornerback off the waiver wire because Davison sprained his ankle in the game, and has limping terribly after the game . . .
It looks like Jonathan Reiss has locked up the fifth running back spot. He carried the ball 20 times for 64 yards. He's a 220 pound back with good moves and excellent toughness . . .
"We found out about some guys tonight," said Edwards.
One guy they have found out about all summer and in Philadelphia was tight end Chris Baker. He had a superb first half. He had two catches for 28 yards, and his second grab was a beautiful leaping grab for 21-yard over the middle. He also continues to impress as a blocker - he had nice blocks on offense and on special teams . . .
Running back Raymonn Adams looks like a perfect practice squad candidate. He had a terrific game, carrying the ball 11 times for 49 yards. He is the fastest back on the roster with sub 4.4 speed and it's not just track time. He plays very fast, hitting the hole with a tremendous burst . . .
Victor Hobson had an outstanding homecoming leading in team with nine tackles and also in special teams tackles with two . . .
Wes Bautovich was very active in run support with seven tackles and looks like a good practice squad candidate . . . While it's somewhat understandable not playing the starters in this game, it's a surprising Chester McGlockton didn't play. After all he is a backup and clearly needs a lot of work. He is still about 20-30 pounds overweight, and hasn't looked particularly good in practice. It seems like the Jets are giving him the benefit of the doubt, when he might not deserve it. He is soon to be 34, and didn't play that well down the stretch in Denver last year.
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