Rapid Reaction: Rough start for Jets' O

August, 2, 2014
Aug 2
9:00
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A few takeaways from the New York Jets' Green & White scrimmage, which drew more than 7,000 fans:

Rough start for O: Those expecting an immediate improvement from the offense were disappointed, as it produced only two field goals. It turned downright embarrassing late in the scrimmage, when the second-team offense failed to score on four plays from the 1-yard line. There's no reason to panic. You knew there would be growing pains; offfenses typically struggle early in the preseason.

Geno Smith (7-of-14, 84 yards) played five series (four with the first unit), leading the second offense to the 1-yard line. But on fourth down, he was sacked on a bootleg. Showing frustration, he fired the ball out of the end zone. Michael Vick (7-of-13, 47 yards) played four series, just one with the starters. He made two big plays with his feet, scrambling for a total of 35 yards.

Rolling Hill: Continuing his strong camp, Stephen Hill made the play of the night, hauling in a 41-yard pass from Smith. He beat Dimitri Patterson on a skinny post. Typical Hill; he also shines in this scrimmage.

Johnson
Two-dreaded monster: How's this for an intriguing look? On two plays, Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory lined up in the same backfield. That creates inside-outside possibilities, putting stress on the defense. Neither Johnson (five carries for 14 yards) nor Ivory (three for 2 yards) was productive, but don't put much stock in the numbers. For running backs, this was all about chipping off the rust and building chemistry with the line. For Johnson, it was his first live action on his surgically repaired knee. He came through it without any issues. Alex Green was impressive with the second team.

Defensive standouts: On a night owned by the defense, some of the standouts were pass rusher Jason Babin (sack), nose tackle Kenrick Ellis (tackle for loss), safety Rontez Miles (sack, pass breakup and quarterback pressure), cornerback Jeremy Reeves (interception)

Medical report: Running back Bilal Powell (hamstring) and cornerback Johnny Patrick (hamstring) didn't play. Three rookies also sat out -- safety Calvin Pryor (concussion), cornerback Dexter McDougle (groin) and wide receiver Shaq Evans (shoulder).

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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