Football From The Jersey Swamp – BIG BLUE/GANG GREEN Mid-July Report
Added by Paul Conroy on July 17, 2013.
Mark Sanchez is looking to hold onto the Jets starting quarterback position.
While the dog days of summer have arrived early, the Autumn Winds are right around the corner. With only eight Sundays until kickoff, let’s drop in on Big Blue and Gang Green.
The New York Giants fully intend to take advantage of Cullen Jenkins’ versatility by lining him up at both tackle and end. Jenkins brings familiarity with the NFC East from his days as an Eagle, and will be a welcome addition to the defensive line-rotation. The addition of Jenkins helps to offset the loss of Osi Umenyiora, and the possible absence of Jason Pierre-Paul come Week one, while he continues to recover from back surgery. The move to return Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end seems to confirm that Pierre-Paul will not be ready for the start of the season. Look for rookie Damontre Moore and third-year man Adrian Tracy to fight each other during the pre-season for scraps.
On the offensive side of the ball, if Brandon Meyers can post 79 receptions as part of a sub-par Raiders’ offense, what will he do with a top-notch quarterback and consistent run support? Meyers’ is hardly a household name, and has barely been an afterthought with the off-season spotlight on Victor Cruz’s contract situation and David Wilson’s ability to shoulder the running game. But when the December winds begin to blow, Meyers will play a significant role in the Giants’ post-season aspirations.
It’s not yet August and the Jets are in desperate need of a win. Tebow-gate, unflattering videos of Mark Sanchez’ indiscretions, the arrest of Mike Goodson, and question marks surrounding the quarterback position have made for a painful offseason for Gang Green. The Jets will start the season in desperate need of a win and some positive headlines – simply to relieve some of the pressure.
Can Geno Smith do enough in the pre-season to wrestle the quarterback job away from Mark Sanchez? In all probability, it will be Sanchez under center come Week One, but the leash will be short. Jets’ brass and fans are short on patience, and in desperate need of something to look forward to. Even with Sanchez having the inside track on the job, word out of Gotham City is that Geno Smith will see playing time with a set of designed plays that are suited to his strengths.
Mike Goodson’s legal defense received a shot in the arm when the other person arrested with Goodson back in May claimed ownership of the gun. With the gun charge out of the way, Goodson could simply serve a suspension for marijuana possession. Good news for Goodson and the Jets’ offense. Like Brandon Meyers for the Giants, Goodson is a talented player who went under the radar on a woeful Raiders’ team. He won’t remind anyone of Jim Brown, but Goodson can play a huge role in taking pressure off of a Jets’ quarterback that lacks weapons.