Premium – A look at the Front Seven Dan Leberfeld
The Jets’ Front Seven played well in the team’s loss to the New York Football Giants, and had every right to be pissed off at Sanchez and the offense. Enough is enough . . .
Mo Wilkerson had one of his better games.
He was tied for the team lead in tackles (five), with Bart Scott, and added a sack, two tackles for losses and a quarterback hit.
Early in the fourth quarter, Wilkerson showed a nice burst for a 315-pounder, beating Giants RT Kareem McKenzie, for a sack.
On a third-and-six, late in the game, Wilkerson stopped D.J. Ware for no gain, forcing a Giants punt, and getting the Jets the ball back at 20-14. Sanchez was sacked for a safety two plays later.
On the Giants’ third drive of the game, on a Brandon Jacobs’ 13-yard catch-and-run, Wilkerson missed a tackle attempt early in the play.
Sione “Bo” Pouha did some good things. Early in the game, he had a QB pressure on Eli Manning. On this play, not only did he shed RG Chris Snee, but tailback Ahmad Bradshaw.
Late in the game, on the play before the Wilkerson stop on Ware mentioned above, Pouha stopped Bradshaw on the line.
Marcus Dixon ended the Giants’ first possession of the second half, when he tipped a Manning pass at the line.
Mike DeVito did some solid work.
He shed Snee, and stopped Jacobs around the line, on the Giants’ first offensive play. On the first play of a mid second quarter possession, Devito shed LG Kevin Boothe, and stopped Jacobs around the line again.
The Jets linebackers made a lot of plays.
On the Giants’ second offensive play, Jamal Westerman made a terrific shoestring tackle on Bradshaw, in the backfield, for a loss of three. This likely would have been a huge gain if Westerman didn’t get him, because there was a ton of open space, on the left side, where he was heading.
Westerman was called for a ticky-tack roughing the passer penalty in the third quarter. The call was a joke.
David Harris ended the Giants’ second drive, when he blitzed up the middle, shed Snee, and sacked Manning.
Harris also missed a tackle attempt on the aforementioned Jacobs catch-and-run, for a gain of 13.
Bart Scott played very hard. When a player’s helmet flies off, not once, but twice in the first quarter, you know he’s hitting people pretty hard. Early in the third quarter, Calvin Pace stopped a Bradshaw sweep for a loss of three, but it was Scott who blew up the run, and forced the runner into Calvin’s hands.
Early in the second quarter, Pace had another good run stop, shooting off the edge to stop Bradshaw for a loss of one.
On the late Bradshaw TD run, from 19 yards out, the Giants did some real good blocking on the right side. McKenzie locked up Scott, and Snee took care of Devito, and the runner was gone.
Aaron Maybin, who was very quiet, had a late penalty, for hitting Ware out of bounds, after a 17-yard run . . .
Our next premium update will be tomorrow by 6 pm with a look at the secondary, and notes from Wednesday’s Jets camp.