After a 30 minute delay to due severe weather, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles squared off tonight. This was the third and final preseason for both teams. Both teams made the decision to play mainly backups for this game, avoiding the risk of injury before Week 1. New York was planning to have Zach Wilson start tonight, but due to the weather, the team started backup Josh Johnson. Meanwhile, the Eagles started former Jets quarterback Joe Flacco. This game was extremely competitive for a preseason game, as the final score was tied 31-31. The game ended in a tie, as there was no overtime. The Jets finished the preseason undefeated at 2-0-1, while the Eagles finished winless at 0-2-1. However, these games don’t matter in the long term, as the regular season has yet to begin.
Below, I will recap how tonight’s game unfolded.
Jets Defense Struggles Early
The Jets defense doesn’t have a ton of decent depth pieces, and that showed tonight, as they allowed 21 first half points. From missed tackles to huge completions, this was an area of concern tonight. It will be very interesting to see how general manager Joe Douglas takes this roster down to 53 players. There are a few very close positional battles on defense.
Early in the game, Jets rookie Jamien Sherwood missed 2 tackles, and one led to an Eagles touchdown. Later on, undrafted free agent Isaiah Dunn missed a tackle which led to a big gain by the Eagles. Although Dunn was a standout player in OTA’s this past spring, he hasn’t been impressive as of late.
Philadelphia went into halftime up 21-10.
Jets Offense Finds A Groove
After heading into the second half down 11, the Jets offense caught fire. For the second half, James Morgan was in at quarterback for the team. He struggled to start, but finished on a very good note. The run game tonight was very promising. Ty Johnson and Josh Adams combined for 115 yards rushing on 25 carries combined. With this performance, the two are basically a lock to make the final roster.
In the fourth quarter, undrafted tight end Kenny Yeboah caught a touchdown pass from James Morgan, which cut the Eagles lead to just one. Six minutes later, with the Eagles up 8, James Morgan threw a hail mary, which was caught by Yeobah in the endzone. It was a very impressive snag, as there were at least 3 defenders nearby him trying to intercept the pass. After this, Ty Johnson ran the ball into the endzone for the two-point conversion, which tied the game.
Jet fans should feel optimistic about this team heading into 2021. While the wins may not be there yet, they will be extremely competitive and fun to watch. New York finished their preseason with a record of 2-0-1 after beating the Giants, Packers, and tying with the Eagles. From players returning after missing 2020 to rookies, they will be fun to watch each and every Sunday. This will be a boring two weeks without football, but the NFL season is right around the corner.