Featured Editorials Game Recap

Key Observations From Jets 21-16 Loss to Browns

That’s one way to kick off the exhibition season.  Taking on the Cleveland Browns in the Hall of Fame game, the Jets got just about everything they could have hoped for except for a win.  From their young QB playing well to their oft injured offensive tackle looking impressive after a two year layoff.  A quick review:

First and foremost, quarterback Zach Wilson completed 3 of 5 passes for 65 yards, including a 57-yard deep ball to wide receiver Malik Taylor.  Wilson showed more poise than he for most of last year and didn’t have happy feet.

While the bomb to Taylor was the most exciting play Wilson had on offense, it was his smooth and easy delivery on a screen pass to rookie running back Israel Abanikanda that should have Jets fans smiling.  Through his first two years as a pro, Wilson has struggled mightily with the “easy stuff” at or around the line of scrimmage.  Some other noteworthy performances:

  • Mekhi Becton suited up for the first time in almost 700 days, playing 7 flawless snaps.  In fact, the Jets first play on offense was a run right behind Becton who opened up a hole for Abanikanda to pick up six yards.
  • Abanikanda had the Jets first touchdown of the preseason on a 19-yard run around the leftt side in the second quarter, showing off the home run speed he was known for at the University of Pittsburgh.  Abanikanda undoubtedly has the skills to take over as the teams number two running back.

  • Rookie defensive end Will McDonald also flashed coming off the edge, showing that he’s likely to be an issue for opposing linemen right out of the gate.

  • The young linebackers on the roster have been quiet throughout camp until unheralded Chazz Surratt looked smooth in his backpedal and interception over the middle in the first half.  Surratt also had 8 tackles before leaving with a hamstring injury in the 3rd quarter.
  • Rookie receiver Jason Brownlee looked sharp in and out of his breaks, getting open on a couple of quick hitters that got him a pair of catches for 17 yards just before Abanikanda’s TD run.  He did however, have a pair of drops on contested passes on the final drive before the half.
  • Bryce Huff had an early sack and played a ton of snaps.  Some work against the run or a showcase for possible trade?
  • After muffing his first punt return and having it roll out of bounds, rookie receiver Xavier Gipson had a big kick return for 45 yards in the second quarter.
  • Chris Streveler entered the game at quarterback in the fourth quarter and it was ugly.  He had solid protection and open receivers but was way off the mark when he let it rip.  His final pass of the day was a game ending interception over the middle.
  • Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo didn’t produce a whole lot on the stat sheet, but he did show an excellent first step off the edge.  Tough group to crack, but the lineman who had 7 sacks just a couple of seasons ago could make some noise.
  • Recently signed wide receiver/return man Alex Erickson had a 36-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter.


This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

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.



Aaron Rodgers Injury Fallout & Jets/Bills Recap

JetNation September 13, 2023 11:32 am

NY Jets Videos

Aaron Rodgers Injury Fallout & Jets/Bills Recap

JetNation September 13, 2023 11:32 am

Is This Actually a GOOD Matchup for the New York Jets?

JetNation September 8, 2023 8:10 am

%d bloggers like this: