QB Mark Sanchez completed 18 of 31 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown with one interception in his NFL debut. His passer rating was 84.3. The rookie showed good pocket presence and the ability to buy time with his feet and make plays on the run. His decision-making was pretty good, too, although DE Mario Williams dropped another sure interception besides the one Sanchez tossed to S John Busing.
RB Thomas Jones had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for a 5.4-yard average. He bounced back from a rough first half with 106 yards and two TDs in the second half, and showed a nice burst on his 38-yard scoring run.
WR Jerricho Cotchery had a team-high six receptions for 90 yards and again showed the ability to gain yards after the catch, something he has done well since becoming a starter in 2006.
WR Chansi Stuckey, who won the No. 2 receiver job with a solid performance in the preseason, had four receptions for 64 yards, including a 30-yard second-quarter touchdown when the Texans sent an all-out blitz at Sanchez. Stuckey also made good yardage after some of his catches and had a TD reception on opening day for the second straight season.
TE Dustin Keller had four receptions for a team-high 94 yards, including a back-breaking 40-yarder in the fourth quarter that regained the momentum for the Jets after Houston's touchdown. He beat S Nick Ferguson, a former Jet, on a skinny post.
NT Kris Jenkins had only one tackle, but he was able to help push the pocket repeatedly as well as clog up the middle on runs, enabling his teammates to make the tackles.
CB Lito Sheppard had a fourth-quarter interception and played a solid game with no penalties after being flagged for pass interference three times in the last two preseason games.
RB/KR Leon Washington had 19 offensive touches in the opener after averaging only 7.7 last season. He had 60 rushing yards on 15 carries and 24 yards on four receptions. He returned one kickoff for 20 yards and two punts for 16 yards, surprisingly splitting duties on the latter detail with Jim Leonhard.
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