Takeaways from Saturday’s 13-6 loss to the Pirates, including Mekhi Becton’s encouraging performance

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New York Jets tackle Mickey Picton (77) laughing during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
New York Jets offensive tackle Mickey Picton (77) laughs during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium/Vincent Carchita – USA TODAY Sports

the Planes They got one step closer to the regular season on Saturday night, but again the starters didn’t play much, and some of the starters didn’t play at all because they lost a sloppy contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York took a 6-3 lead late in the first half but the Bucs took a 10-6 halftime lead Trey PalmerA 33-yard touchdown catch. An undrafted rookie Derek Langford.

In the third quarter the Jets seemed poised to regain the lead, however Tim BoyleHis pass was swept away by another undrafted beginner, TJ Lutherand was intercepted by Dee Delaney in the end zone. After entering the red again on their next possession, the drive was stopped due to a penalizing penalty and Greg Zurlin Missed a 40-yard field goal.

After the Bucs extended their lead to 13-6, it looked as if the Jets had scored an own touchdown run. Dean Cruikshank But the rehearsal room reversed this.

With a chance to ice the game with less than three minutes left, Rodrigo BlankenshipThe missed field goal penalty and a fourth pass interference penalty kept the Jets from getting a chance, but Boyle was unable to get it.

Here are some takeaways…

Zack Wilson She had little success completing drives this week and had an inaccurate throw in Allen Lazard Above the middle, but he still completed nine of his first 11 passes and had an amazing 35-yard scramble where he still looked more comfortable than he did at any time last season.

– for the first time in the pre-season period, McKee Picton He saw action in the right tackle position and looked solid there. As he began to settle down, Becton had a few dominant blocks late in the first half, clearly leading his teammates to rush, and then continued to look good in the second half. Staying on track may be Becton’s best – and perhaps only – path to a starting role this year.

– Among the players who saw their first action this week was Al WoodsAnd Adrian Amos And Justin Hardy. Tony Adams He rested again, confirming that he was still ahead of Amos in the fight to start safety alongside Amos Jordan Whitehead. Amos caught a third down and a good tackle on the flat. but, Ashtyn Davis He also made a case for himself this week with three tackles for loss and one for no gain in the first half.

Zonovan Knight He had a good opportunity as the starting running back and kickoff returner but lost a fumble and caught a pass, confirming the fact that the Jets caught Dalvin Cook Because they wanted an experienced expert instead of developing the youth. To his credit, Knight fought back and had some nice plays as he eventually contributed 53 yards on 12 touches.

Unpolished beginner Xavier Gibson He had plenty of chances in the return game and failed to impress in the first two preseason games, but showed some of what the Jets see in him with a dynamic 31-yard kick for the Jets’ opening score. He also added two catches, although another rookie undrafted, Jason BrownleeHe led the team with four catches for 50 yards.

– recent addition Jaylen Holmes Make an instant impression with two wanderers. Although his roster hopes are slim in the loaded pool of spots, he could earn himself a spot on the practice squad or a chance with another team.

– narrow end bullish Zach Koontz He is fighting a battle to earn fourth place but has damaged his chances with two penalties, the second being his coach. Robert Saleh He shakes his head on the sidelines. Kuntz might be an outsider looking in, especially since he’s not sure he’ll be carrying four tight ends.

– It was a sloppy game for the Jets overall as they were called for eight penalties.

– The Jets lost its novice running back Israel Upanikanda Injury in the fourth quarter, perhaps once again showing why Cook’s signing was justified. Initial news about Abanikanda was positive, as it was reported that this was just a hip injury.

What then

The Jets will be “on the road” as they take on the Giants on Saturday, August 26th at 6:00 p.m.

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