Saturday, August 10, 2013
Game recap: The good, the bad
By Rich Cimini
DETROIT -- Some positives and negatives from Friday night's 26-17 loss to the Lions:
1. Kellen Winslow -- It's too early to say, "He's back" -- but this was a promising start. He broke a tackle on a short pass and went for 24 yards and he saved Mark Sanchez the indignity of a second pick-6, dislodging the ball from a would-be interceptor. Maybe he can play safety, too.
2. Jaiquawn Jarrett -- The former Eagles second-round pick won a promotion with his steady and aggressive play at safety. He'll be moved up to the first team, according to Rex Ryan, and likely will start against the Jaguars. Coaches love his attitude. He's the first to show up for meetings, the last to leave.
3. The young receivers -- Clyde Gates (three catches), Stephen Hill (two) and Jeremy Kerley (two) were targeted seven times -- and all seven were completed. This was another positive step for the once-beleaguered group.
1. Sanchez -- To quote the fellas on ESPN's NFL Countdown show, "Come on, man!" You can't give away points like that and expect to keep your job.
2. Offensive line -- The starting unit generated no push in the running game and committed three penalties, including two on RG Willie Colon.
3. The rookies -- So-so performances by the two first-round picks, CB Dee Milliner and DT Sheldon Richardson. Milliner broke up a pass in the end zone, but also experienced a couple of hiccups. Richardson was pleased with his debut, but acknowleged he should've made more plays. The rookie of the night was Lions DE Ziggy Ansah, who gave Sanchez a case of agita.