It’s only Game 1, but the Jets have some things to clean up for Game 2
VINCENT DAVIS | 9/12/2019, 6:13 p.m.
It’s only been one game and the overall expectations for this new season have been modest, both unassuming and unpresuming. And since it’s a new season, and there’s a new head coach and a new general manager, it’s not even fair to say, “Same old Jets.” But Sunday’s season-opening 17-16 home loss to the Buffalo Bills makes it kind of hard not to.
Note that, it was reasonable, unassuming for New York Jets fans to expect a win at the end of the third quarter with a 16-3 lead, 15 minutes to go, but the Jets’ defense allowed Buffalo to orchestrate two drives in the fourth quarter, as well as hold the Jets scoreless.
“We were inept on offense,” said Jets’ head coach Adam Gase after his first official game with the team. As well as on defense, throughout the game.
“We’ve just got to get better,” Gase emphasized.
The Jets couldn’t take advantage of four early Buffalo turnovers, two initiated by middle linebacker C.J. Mosley. Buffalo was able to put points on the board when Mosley was injured, causing him to leave the game late in the third quarter.
The Jets should’ve been able to celebrate the play of Mosley. He scored the Jets’ first points with an interception. They should’ve been celebrating runningback LeVeon Bell, 60 yards, 17 carries, a touchdown catch and a 2-point conversion, and wide receiver Jamison Crowder’s 14 catches for 99 yards.
“It’s just things we’ve got to clean up,” said Crowder, “and just get ready for next week. It’s the only thing we can do.”
Crowder came here from Washington, D.C., the team that drafted him in 2015. Mosley was drafted in 2014 by the Baltimore Ravens. Bell, with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2013, sat out all of last season in a contract dispute. All three played their first game as a Jet on Sunday. All three signed with them in March.
One other issue for the Jets is their kicking. Kaare Vedvik, claimed off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings, was waived on Tuesday this week by the Jets due to a missed extra point, and a 45-yard field goal attempt. Four points that New York desperately needed.
“We have to make extra points,” noted Gase. “We have to make field goals. We can’t be losing out on points in those areas.”
To fill the roster spot and replace Vedvik, the Jets signed kicker Sam Ficken, whose resume isn’t much better. Ficken, recently released by the Green Bay Packers, is the fourth Jets’ kicker listed on their roster in a month.
The Jets will have to be quick and accurate making adjustments to their offense, defense and special teams. They’ll have an extra day. The Cleveland Browns, also 0 and 1, play here Monday night. It’s the return of Odell Beckham Jr. to New York City, MetLife Stadium, his first visit since being traded by the New York Giants in the off-season.