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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Jets defense rebounds after bad start

By Jane McManus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets' offense had it rough, but the defense provided a few reasons for optimism in Saturday night's preseason win.

1. Forget it: The Jets gave up an 84-yard touchdown run to Giants RB David Wilson on the team's first play from scrimmage. It was costly and set a horrible tone, but it was the last big play the Jets allowed. For the rest of the first half, the defense held Eli Manning and the Giants' first-team offense to only a field goal.

2. Damon Harrison and depth: The defensive end, filling in for Kenrick Ellis (back), led the defense with seven tackles. He and Garrett McIntyre, who was in for Quinton Coples (ankle), showed that the defense could have some depth along the line and OLB spots.

3. Sack Exchange: Three Jets recorded sacks, including rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. His addition to the defensive line looks to make it a formidable front when Ellis returns along with Muhammad Wilkerson. The other two sacks were courtesy of Tevita Finau and Leger Douzable.