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Four Thoughts on Jets vs. Colts

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No change in Jets’ QB competition, Dimitri Patterson looks shaky, and Indy’s O-line could be in trouble.

Four Thoughts on Jets vs. Colts

The New York Jets took the win in their first pre-season game, topping the Indianapolis Colts, 13-10. Chris Johnson earned his first touchdown as a Jet and Andrew Luck looked sharp in his lone series as he went 4-for-5 with 53 yards. Backup kicker Andrew Furney kicked the go-ahead field goal from 51 yards out with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter. The Jets' defense put in the final in the coffin on Ikemefuna Enemkpali's strip sack of Chandler Harnish. Here are four thoughts on the game: 

1. Geno Smith is still the favorite to win starting job. 

While the media and fans will make a big deal out of Michael Vick leading the Jets' to their lone touchdown drive, Geno Smith is still the clubhouse leader to be the starter. In his two series, Smith was decisive in his decisions and looked more comfortable in the pocket compared to last season. On the night, Smith went 4-for-6 for 33 yards. On the other hand, Vick showed he still has plenty left athletically, breaking a 15-yard run during the touchdown drive. However, he was not as impressive through the air. Vick's throwing accuracy is still a problem as he completed 3 of 6 passes for 17 yards. While Vick did give the Jets their only touchdown drive, he has not done enough to close the gap in the quarterback competition. It will take a massive collapse from Smith or a string of monstrous performances from Vick. 

2. Colts' offensive line depth is wearing thin.

The injury bug struck another Colts' offensive lineman as starting center Khaled Holmes went down with an ankle injury during the first series of the game. The Colts are already without starting left guard, Donald Thomas, who is out for the season with a torn quad, so they can ill-afford to lose Holmes for a significant amount of time. The Colts felt the affects of Holmes' injury right away as his replacement, rookie Jonotthan Harrison flubbed a snap that stalled their first drive. The Colts' offensive line was already considered one of their biggest weaknesses, so if Holmes is out long-term, Andrew Luck could be on his back a ton this season.

3. Second CB job up for grabs?

One of the main questions for the Jets heading into the season is who will start on the opposite side of Dee Milliner? Former Miami Dolphin Dimitri Patterson was pegged to fill the role, but after an awful performance last night, his starting job could be in jeopardy. Patterson was on the wrong end of two huge third down plays. On the Colts' first drive, Patterson gave Hakeem Nicks too much room to work with on a 3rd and 11 and was beat for a 15-yard reception. Two drives later, Da'Rick Rodgers burned Patterson on bomb from Matt Hasselbeck for 45-yards. 

A candidate that could challenge for the starting CB spot is rookie Dexter McDougle. While it was against second and third stringers, McDougle was very impressive and played the best among the Jets' rookies. Another player that may end up as the starter is Darrin Walls. Walls was solid last season when he did get a chance to play. It will be interesting to see how Rex Ryan distributes the playing time among the cornerbacks against the Cincinnati Bengals next week.

4. RB depth may prove crucial for NY.

The Jets are currently carrying five running backs on their roster and it's for good reason. The oft-injured Chris Ivory got dinged up once again as he left the game in the second quarter with bruised ribs. In addition, Bilal Powell is still sidelined with a hamstring injury and while Chris Johnson has been durable throughout his career, he is still an injury risk coming off significant knee surgery. With this in mind, the Jets' RB depth could be crucial this season and they do have solid players as backups. Alex Green showed a lot of burst last night, accumulating 29 yards on 7 carries. While he did not show it, Daryl Richardson is an explosive running back that has the ability to break a long run. 

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