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Time to tell it like it is on the Jets-Washington preseason game. No sugarcoating. Let’s just deal with reality. Let’s go . . .

The Jets edge pass rush is a big problem right now.

I’ve written about this numerous times, and those of you who saw the Jets-Redskins game tonight saw what I’ve been talking about.

The Jets’ starting outside linebacker due of Lorenzo Mauldin and Jordan Jenkins got nowhere near Colt McCoy.

I just don’t know what Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan are thinking starting this pair.

Neither has great speed or quickness, neither has loose hips, and both are struggling getting off blocks.

Bowles and Mr. Coffee need to put away the anointing oil and deal with reality.

Like I’ve said a million times, you can start one of them on the strong side, but you can’t have two 4.9 forty guys with limited quick twitch as your two outside linebackers. That is not a good plan.

And then when Mauldin came out of the game with an injury (doesn’t seem serious), they brought in Mike Catapano, who has a great motor, but is also a stiff athlete with limited speed and quickness.

Bad plan guys.

And keep in mind, the Redskins were without that starting left tackle tonight, Trent Williams, but that made no difference. The Jets still didn’t get near McCoy . . .

Jalin Marshall has been a media favorite, and has done a lot of good things this summer, but Robbie Anderson is the better receiver.
Marshall struggles catching the ball in traffic. We saw that last week against Jacksonville and this week against Washington.

Robbie Anderson has been excellent all summer in camp, and tonight caught a long TD pass from Bryce Petty.

It was a great throw down the left sideline, and Anderson went up and high-pointed the ball in tight coverage.

This guy has a lot of talent.

He’s 6-3, runs 4.34, and has loose hips to get in and out of his breaks smoothly.

What you saw on the fourth quarter touchdown catch against Washington is what he’s been doing all summer . . .

To me, the right guard competition needs to be open. Brian Winters is tough, physical, and gets a lot of push in the running game, but he’s too inconsistent.

On the Jets’ second offensive series, he was called for holding, On the Jets’ third series, he gave up a QB pressure to DT Chris Baker, forcing a bad Ryan Fitzpatrick throw and a punt. Two bad plays in limited action.

He’s a decent guard, but this job should be an open competition. His play is way too uneven . . .

People make such a big deal about the Jets’ tight end position and the lack of production last year. Well one reason there was a lack of production last year was they rarely threw to the tight ends.

Tonight Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld had nice receptions, but then got stripped and fumbled. It happens.

The bottom line is the Jets’ tight ends aren’t going to be prolific this year either.

Their man job in this offense is to block.

And think about it, with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa at receiver, and two excellent receiving backs, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte catching passes out of the backfield, there aren’t going to be a lot of throws to the tight ends.

The Jets tight ends need to be top-shelf blockers, and Davis is one of the best blocking tight ends in the league.

To me, it will be a major battle for the last two spots between Brandon Bostick, Sudfeld, Wes Saxton and Jace Amaro . . .

Rookie cornerback Justin Burris does a lot of good things, but he doesn’t have great speed, and without a pass rush, he struggles keeping up with speedy receivers running down field

August 19, 2016

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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