There was one player whose development Sunday took me by surprise and deserves some extra attention. And no, it’s not quarterback Geno Smith.
Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the New York Jets’ defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr in a 19-14 victory Sunday.
It wasn’t the prettiest of Jets victories, but Craig is certainly encouraged, although curbing his own enthusiasm.
“The group that’s conspicuously absent in terms of voice on this is the NFL Players Association and their leader, DeMaurice Smith.”
Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the New York Jets’ defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
With more weapons at his disposal, Smith and the Jets look for better things in his second season as they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
It’s hard to argue with him, especially after a solid summer in which he looked anything but a 34-year-old quarterback in the twilight of his career.
Michael Vick knows he has a lot of football left in him. He sees it when he watches himself on film. He feels it when he zips around the field and flings the ball downfield.
Who knows what’s going to happen? The Jets will be without their best cornerback when they take on the visiting Oakland Raiders in the season opener on Sunday.
“(We want) to go out and shock the world. We got a point to prove, and that’s (that) we’re tough to deal with when we’re playing at our best. And that’s what we gotta do, play our best.”
One of the biggest stories heading into Sunday’s game is the starting lineup in the New York Jets defensive backfield, as it has been modified due to injuries and roster decisions.
I’m not dismissing the possibility that the Jets will roll over the Raiders and their rookie quarterback, but I’ve been fooled so many times in the past that the following tenet is ingrained in my soul: Beware of high expectations.
Rather than plod, let’s plow through the NFL season and pick some playoff teams and beyond.
Tabacco, aka “Rescue Man,” was selected to lead MetLife Stadium in “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” for Sunday’s opener against the Raiders. And as you’ll hear, he’s got the goods.
The road begins Sunday. Wherever it leads, whatever it holds in store for coach and quarterback, the Raiders game will give fans a good idea of it.
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