Jets WR Plaxico Burress opens up on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel this Tuesday night.
Jet fans appear to be a loud and proud bunch, but don’t let that exterior fool you. They are the team that generates the least excitement per capita among NFL teams.
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by TJ Rosenthal
It’s full steam ahead for the Jets Wildcat formation. Gang Green is hard at work looking for the next Brad Smith. Saturday’s practice brought word that both Ladainian Tomlinson and rookie Jeremy Kerley were taking snaps at the position. Kerley has been the talk of camp and is the one player who COULD make fans forget about Smith should his speed provide any serious contributions in 2011.
Rex Ryan named four more captains to go along with Mark Sanchez who was named a captain this past week. They are Santonio Holmes for the offense, Darrelle Revis and Sione Pouha for the defense, and Eric Smith for the Special Teams.
In other news, Chris Bryan has the punting edge over TJ Conley heading into Houston. Last years punter Steve Weatherford signed with the Giants weeks ago. Rex Ryan also cited RB Joe McKnight as a match-up problem, “kind of like (Danny) Woodhead is in New England.”
If you missed the game, consider yourself lucky. It was painful to watch. Please remember that this is the 2011 NFL preseason, and rust is simply too generous a word to describe what is being shaken off all players. Basically, Carolina looked bad and the Giants looked worse. But it does not matter, as every NFL team has the rust. Every fan of the NFL needs to be a little more patient. The quality of play will take a while to get better. Tackling was horrible, owing to lack of contact in practice.
by Rich Resch / Giants Football Blog
The Giants fell to the Panthers by a score of 20 to 10 to drop the first pre-season game of the season.
- This was one of the more boring pre-season games I’ve seen in some time. The Giants looked lifeless, and at times unprepared. I understand they haven’t had much time to practice, but neither has any team.
- Jason Pierre-Paul was easily the bright spot for the Giants, registering two sacks and looking ready to record double digit sacks this season.
- Michael Boley accounted for the Giants’ one touchdown, picking off a Jimmy Clausen pass and returning it 56 yards for the score.
- Lawrence Tynes had a game to forget, converting on just one of four field goal attempts. He left the game with a leg injury, but walked off under his own strength.
- The Giants’ special teams coverage units cannot tackle. I feel vindicated in giving the special teams unit an F this offseason. Steve Weatherford and Matt Dodge looked fine, but the unit has a long way to go.
- Domenik Hixon caught five passes for 86 yards. I’ve been reading some complaints lately about Hixon as the #3 receiver, but he’s done nothing but produce when healthy. The Giants could do a lot worse.
- The running game never got anything going, as the offensive line failed to create substantial holes. Give it some time, they’ll be alright.
- Andre Brown looked fresh, and quicker than he was two seasons ago.
- Tyler Sash, known for being in the right place at the right time at Iowa, forced a fumble and led the team with four tackles.
- Eli Manning was shaky, but both Sage Rosenfels and Ryan Perriloux were solid. Throw inDavid Carr, who didn’t play, and the Giants will have some decisions to make at QB.
by TJ Rosenthal
This raises a concern that Burress, who turned 34 on Friday, will be nursing the ankle throughout the season. Plax would often miss entire practice weeks with the Giants but needs that time with his new team, QB and playbook.
Rotoworld’s Evan Silva ranked the New York Jets offensive line fourth overall in the NFL heading into 2011, behind only Houston, the Pats and Carolina.
Silva wrote “The Jets have fielded the best line in football over the past two seasons. The reason they’re not in the top spot this year is the retirement of Damien Woody and downgrade to Hunter, who’s been in the league eight years but made just four career starts.
Hunter was the line’s weak link down the stretch last season, so the Jets may have to turn to enigmatic former second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse sooner than they’d prefer. Right tackle is a critical position for such a run-heavy team. The rest of the front five is elite, but New York’s depth is near-nonexistent. Behind the first string, only Undertaker-lookalike Robert Turner has ever started a game. And Turner’s done it just twice.”
Silva’s note on the offensive line’s depth is a timely thought given the scare regarding Mangold on Thursday. View Silva’s entire breakdown: http://bit.ly/nXf7q0