- Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks w/ broken jaw.
- Locker room altercation with LB IK Enemkpali resulted in Geno Smith injury. Enemkpali released by team, picked up by Buffalo Bills.
- Players inactive for preseason opener due to injury: QB Geno Smith, WR Chris Owusu, WR TJ Graham, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Dee Milliner, CB Curtis Brown, TE Steven Maneri, WR Devin Smith, DE Mohammad Wilkerson.
The New York Jets play their first preseason game as a renovated squad on August 13 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
Just two days before their first preseason game the New York Jets faced an unfortunate circumstance which resulted in an injury to a significant player and the release to a piece of their revamped defense.
A locker room altercation between quarterback Geno Smith and linebacker IK Enemkpali resulted in Smith missing 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw and Enemkpali being released by the Jets. After his release Enemkplai was later picked up by former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.
With Smith absent due to injury backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to lead Gang Green’s offense, which also has new weapons. The biggest weapon being newly acquired Jet wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Fitzpatrick, who was picked up by the Jets during the offseason from the Houston Texans, is expected to equate or surpass statistics he put up last season.
Todd Bowles will coach his first game as an NFL head coach, with new Jets coordinators: Chan Gailey on offense and Kacy Rodgers on defense.
All eyes will be on the renovated Jets defense, which gained versatility, from the line to the corners, but also lost a key component to their defense during the offseaon. The Jets were able to re-acquire cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, while also drafting the best defensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft, USC defensive end Leonard Williams. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson was suspended for four games after failing a drug test, and is more than likely to have an additional multi-game suspension due to an arrest that took place last month.
The Jets hope they will start the preseason on the winning end, as they prepare themselves to takeoff for the season opener.
New York Jets 3
Detroit Lions 23
The New York Jets arrived at Ford Field determined to soar past their opponents in their first preseason game of the 2015 season, but ended up taking a 23-3 loss against the fierce Lions.
All eyes were fixed on Jets backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led one series in the first quarter. In that series Fitzpatrick went 2 for 3, accumulating 16 yards with a 79.9 passer rating in the game. During postgame interviews head coach Todd Bowles described the quarterback as “cool, calm and collective,” reassuring the media that he got the job done.
Baylor alum, now Jets rookie quarterback Bryce Petty made a lengthy appearance against the Lions, going 10 for 18 for 50 yards.
Bowles went on to describe the lack of productivity from the defense, stating, “Our tackling was extremely sloppy.” The one interception the Jets defense was able to snag came in the third quarter when cornerback Marcus Williams came up with an end zone interception against Lions quarterback Kellen Moore.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall recorded one reception that went for 12 yards in the first quarter, as well as Eric Decker getting his hands on the ball for 4-yards.
Running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell were able to rush their way through a tight offensive line. Ivory rushed 6 times for 25 yards, while Powell rushed 8 times for 35 yards.
First round draft pick Leonard Williams got his first taste of NFL action, mentioning how much he loved the atmosphere and is ready to move forward with the season, as well as tackling players that aren’t his teammates.
The Jets will face the Atlanta Falcons at home for their second preseason game of the 2015 season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.