Friday, August 29, 2014
Stock Report: Risers and fallers
By Kieran Darcy
PHILADELPHIA -- A look back at some of the noteworthy performances in the New York Jets' 37-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:
Saalim Hakim, wide receiver/kick returner: Coach Rex Ryan called his team's performance "awful," and said, "It's hard to really pinpoint who really stepped up." Yet twice during his postgame press conference he spoke positively about Hakim -- particularly regarding his special-teams play. Hakim's spot on the 53-man roster seems pretty secure. He didn't catch a pass against the Eagles, but was the Jets' only kickoff returner, with three returns for 64 yards. And he stood out on the coverage units as well.
Jeremiah George, linebacker: When you give up 568 total yards of offense, including 276 yards on the ground, it's hard to find a standout on defense. But George was third on the team with seven tackles, including two of the Jets' four tackles for loss. The fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa State is still on the bubble in terms of a roster spot -- we'll see what happens come Saturday.
Chris Pantale, tight end: Pantale probably won't make the final roster, but he put a pretty good performance on tape in the preseason finale, with three catches for a team-high 74 yards, including a 50-yard catch and run in the first half. Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro and Zach Sudfeld are ahead of him on the depth chart here, but perhaps another team will be interested?
Alex Green, running back: Ryan held out Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, and gave the start to Daryl Richardson ahead of Green, which isn't a good sign. Then, once he got in there, Green fumbled twice, which may have sealed his fate.
Oday Aboushi, guard: Aboushi will make the roster, but he probably squandered an opportunity to take the starting left guard position away from Brian Winters. Ryan started both Winters and Aboushi against the Eagles -- Winters at left guard, and Aboushi at right guard. But Aboushi picked up a pair of 10-yard penalties in the first half -- one for holding, and one for illegal use of hands.
LeQuan Lewis, cornerback: Lewis looked good early, intercepting a Matt Barkley pass in the end zone in the first quarter to snuff out an Eagles scoring drive. But then he was burnt by Arrelious Benn on a 43-yard touchdown pass, and later gave up a 32-yard reception to Jeff Maehl. Lewis, who just signed with the Jets two weeks ago, may still make the roster but only because of the Jets' lack of depth at his position.