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Jets top Falcons in Second Preseason Contest

The Jets topped the Atlanta Falcons 22-10 in what was a largely uneventful contest once the first offense took a seat for the day.  Sam Darnold orchestrated an 8 play 66 yards scoring drive to get things started that was capped with a Ty Montgomery 1 yard score.  Darnold looked sharp overall and finished 5-7 for 46 yards.

Other significant notes:

  • ILB Avery Williamson left the game with a knee injury and did not return.  No word as of yet as to how serious the injury might be.  After the game, head coach Adam Gase told the media that Brandon Shell and Jamey Mosley also have knee injuries.

  • Quinnen Williams impressed in his second game as a pro as he steamrolled an interior O-lineman and came up just short of sacking Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

  • The Jets kicking woes continue as Taylor Bertolet hit a 49-yard field goal, but also missed two extra points.  Have to wonder why the Jets are taking such a lackadaisical approach to the position.  Perhaps they already know they’ll be adding a player such as Dan Bailey once he likely shakes loose.
  • Bronson Kaufusi has to be a heavy favorite to make the roster at this point as the Jets appear posed to be extremely deep up front.
  • Chuma Edoga got some run with the starters after impressing in his debut last week.  Bad news for Brandon Shell at this point.
  • Deontay Burnett had a drop early on but scored a touchdown late.  He should be WR4 at this point.
  • Luke Falk looked better than Davis Webb once again.  If the Jets carry three QB’s, have to believe it’ll be Falk.
  • Several starters came away with sacks in Jamal Adams, Avery Williamson and Brandon Copeland while Kaufusi and Anthony Wint chipped in one each for the reserves.
  • We liked what we saw from undrafted free agent D-lineman Kyle Phillips, but making this roster on the D-line could be a tall order.
  • As Rich Cimini of ESPN New York mentioned, the fact that Brandon Copeland saw so many reps late in the game comes as quite a surprise.  Those reps are usually reserved for guys with little chance of making the roster or rookies cutting their teeth.  Keep a close eye.

  • Will have to wait for the All 22, but backup center Jon Toth looked good on first glance and cornerback Alex Brown stood out at times as well.

Next up, the dress rehearsal against the Saints on Sunday.  Will it be a Le’Veon Bell debut?  We’ll have to wait and see.

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.