EJ Manuel: Week 3, at NY Jets.
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Holy balls, EJ Manuel was terrible against the Jets. Let’s put things this way: Manuel had nearly as many inaccurate passes (15) as he did completed passes (19). By the end of the fourth quarter, Rich Gannon was having an aneurysm trying to plead Manuel into keeping his throws on the field. Each deep ball thrown five yards out of bounds must have been another knife to poor Rich’s heart. And it wasn’t just the deep passes he was missing, either. Intermediate throws, short throws, throws towards the sidelines, throws down the middle, throws where Stevie Johnson didn’t even bother running routes because he knew there was no chance the ball would be catchable – EJ didn’t discriminate.
And that’s before you even add in the eight sacks! On at least half of them, EJ was ducking around with the ball outstretched in one hand and his eyes purely focused on the pass rushers trying to kill him and not the possible places he could get rid of the ball. The fact that the game was close was 100% due to the Jets setting a team record for penalties – at one point in the fourth quarter, Quinton Coples jumped offsides on consecutive plays. What an abomination. If you have access to the Game Rewind, I plead with you: DO NOT WATCH THIS GAME. Your sanity will thank you.
New York Jets
Geno Smith: Week 3, vs. Buffalo.
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Hopefully Geno took Buffalo defensive back Justin Rogers out for dinner after Sunday’s game…and will continue to do so for the next three months because all of Smith’s success against the Bills stemmed from one of the worst cornerback performances you’ll ever see. Pressed into action because of Stephen Gilmore’s broken wrist (and then Leodis McKelvin’s injury early in the game against the Jets), Rogers was the victim of both of Smith’s long touchdown throws and got abused virtually every other time he was targeted, too. Buffalorumblings.com’s Brian Galliford tallied the results every time Rogers was targeted and the findings were gruesome:
The Jets threw to receivers covered by Rogers nine times on Sunday. One of those plays was an incompletion that nonetheless yielded the Jets 22 yards when Rogers was flagged for pass interference. On the other eight throws, Jets receivers caught six of them – for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Oh my sweet Lord. Quick suggestion for Doug Marrone and Mike Pettine: sign a cornerback off the street – anyone with a pulse will do – and stick them ahead of Rogers on the depth chart next week against Baltimore. Bills fans have been through enough. As for Smith, knowing that simply targeting Rogers equaled nearly 32 yards per attempt takes a lot of the luster out of his stat line Sunday. In fact, if you take the throws to receivers covered by Rogers out of the picture, you’re left with nine completions out of 20 attempts, 75 yards and two interceptions. Good for Geno for taking an advantage of someone who had no business being on the field Sunday, but don’t expect to find someone that bad lining up across from him every week.