Jets-Bills Whispers

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Maybe you don’t start Duane Brown in the opener after missing the entire summer after off-season shoulder surgery. Maybe you go with Billy Turner and give Brown a little more time.

Brown is a 38-year-old tackle who didn’t practice all camp, so how do you know if he can still do it at the same level? With an older player, you really need to see in the summer if he can still do it. You can’t assume he can still do it.

By the way, Rodgers got hit on the two plays prior to the hit hurt his ankle.

On the sack that hurt his ankle, Brown attempted a chop block on Leonard Floyd that was ineffective, and the defensive end jumped over him, and sacked Rodgers hurting his ankle . . .

The problem with Zach Wilson is the offensive coordinator, the current one, or the previous one, almost always has to dial up perfect first-read throws for a pass play to be successful.

Like a lot of young quarterbacks, they put too much of an onus on the OC to be perfect, which is very hard to do. Like on the scoring drive that tied the game in the fourth quarter, which ended with a one-read throw to Garrett Wilson who made an incredible catch.

He’s just not very good at going through progressions at this point.

So as long as the OC dials up great stuff, great first reads, Wilson is golden.

If it comes down to first-read, second-read, third-read, check down, it’s usually not happening . . .

When people were saying the Jets have the best running back tandem in the league before the season, I was like, “hold your horses, Breece Hall is coming off a knee, and Dalvin Cook missed all of training camp.”

But you know what, that narrative is probably correct.

They were a dynamic duo even with a little rust entering the game tonight.

Cook is still one of the top five back in the league, and Hall is on his way to being in that conversation.

Wow, were they impressive tonight.

Cook is elite, and I’ve never seen a running back, in his first game back from major knee surgery, play this way in his first game back . . .

A little bit of a problem for the Jets this week.

They are playing on a short week, traveling to Dallas, and they had to play an overtime game.

Dallas is coming off a blowout win where they were able to pull some starters later in the game.

So you could see a really fresh team at home, against a visiting team, on a short week, after playing extra football.

Not an easy chore for the Jets . . .

The Jets defense was superb in the win over Buffalo.

I thought the Bills tight end tandem of Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid would be a problem for the Jets who struggled covering tight ends last year. The Jets shut them down.

Quincy Williams and Jordan Whitehead, two guys who were inconsistent covering tight ends last year, were both terrific.

Whitehead had three picks, and Williams was rock solid in coverage.

This was just a really, really solid defensive effort against a very good offense . . .

Saw assistant GM Rex Hogan huddling with Tim Boyle after the game in the locker room, almost like he was giving him a pep talk.

With Rodgers’ injury, Boyle will now be the backup and perhaps play at some point if Wilson doesn’t start going through his progressions better.

September 11, 2023

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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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