Jets offense finally breaks through in preseason finale

Terrance Ganaway caught the Jets' first touchdown of preseason.

A 28-10 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday night drops the Jets to 0-4 in preseason, but there were some good things to emerge from the game. The team is relatively healthy, has developed some depth in key areas and the offense actually scored a touchdown.

Three things we learned
 
1. Finally a touchdown

It took 198 plays from scrimmage and over 13 quarters of football but the Jets’ offense finally scored a touchdown. It was a vintage Jets drive, sprinkling the ground and pound with the play action and some solid passes. Quarterback Greg McElroy marched his unit 77 yards in 12 plays, capped off with a nifty six-yard pass to rookie running back Terrance Ganaway.

The Jets’ bench erupted, with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing his arms up in the air in joy and perhaps some disbelief that the second unit did what his starters couldn’t. In fact, McElroy looked like the best Jets quarterback this preseason. Even going against the Eagles’ second team, for a player with so few snaps in practice let alone in a game situation, it was an encouraging development.

2. McKnight’s got something

He struggled with shin injuries at the tail end of training camp, but third-year running back Joe McKnight appears ready for a bigger role on this team. Having spent the offseason bulking up for more carries, McKnight looked like a feature back going against the second-team defense of the Eagles. McKnight had nine carries for 38 yards, including a long of 18 yards. It was a solid performance from McKnight, especially after a costly special teams error against the Giants two weeks ago.

3. The kicking game

Earlier this week, it was announced that Nick Folk had won the kicking competition with Josh Brown and he celebrated by making a 58-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter. It also appears that T.J. Conley, who had three punts for an average of 43.7 yards, has solidified his grip as the team’s punter. After beating out Travis Baltz earlier in camp, the Jets brought in Spencer Lanning to compete with Conley, but the untested punter had an average of 34.6 yards on just five kicks. It looks like the veteran Conley, who is well respected in the locker room, is keeping his job and Folk is kicking as consistently as Jets fans have seen in his three years in New York.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Teen stowaway spent hours undetected at California airport:…

A teen stowaway spent up to six hours undetected at a San Jose airport before climbing into the wheel well of a jet that flew to Hawaii, the LA Times…

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

National

U.S. soldier convicted of WikiLeaks crimes granted name…

By Carey Gillam(Reuters) - Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange…

Local

NYPD #myNYPD Twitter campaign backfires

A NYPD campaign to improve its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of police brutality and tweets critical of the force.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

Movies

Review: 'The Railway Man' is a literal-minded look…

In "The Railway Man," Colin Firth plays a WWII vet suffering from massive trauma acquired from his days as a beaten POW.

Books

'#GIRLBOSS': Nasty Gal CEO shares unlikely success story

Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso shares her rags to riches, dumpster to Porsche tale in her new book "#GIRLBOSS."

Movies

App Appeal: Unf— Your Habitat is a sweary…

Guilt trip yourself into some spring cleaning with the app "Unf— Your Habitat," which uses swearing and some rudeness to get you to get your s— together.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

NFL

Jets announce they will return to Cortland for…

The tradition of holding camp in Cortland began in 2009 when Rex Ryan wanted to get his Jets away from the distractions of New York City.

NHL

Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road…

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

NBA

Nets settle for 1-1 series tie with Game…

DeMar DeRozan, who was an All-Star this season, hit two huge jumpers back-to-back to give the Raptors an 89-85 lead over the Nets with 2:10 to play.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."

Tech

App Appeal: Unf— Your Habitat is a sweary…

Guilt trip yourself into some spring cleaning with the app "Unf— Your Habitat," which uses swearing and some rudeness to get you to get your s— together.

Education

The benefits and challenges of intensive summer programs

Get the facts on taking an advanced college course.

Wellbeing

Why you need a facial

What can a facial do for your face that a washcloth and soap can’t?