The Jets were unable to overcome a terrible first half performance as the Panthers held off their late rally to win the opener. A couple of early injuries on defense forced Del’Shawn Phillips and Adrian Colbert – two players who were on the practice squad until yesterday – into full time roles and the team looked overmatched in the first half against Sam Darnold and an offense that leaned heavily on Christian McCaffrey.
Zach Wilson struggled initially with the pace of the game and only completed two of his first 10 passes, but he gained in confidence in the second half and ended up with a respectable statline, although he racked up a lot of the yardage while the Panthers were effectively playing prevent.
Corey Davis had an impressive Jets debut with five catches for 97 yards and two scores, but Elijah Moore and Alijah Vera-Tucker will each be hoping to improve on their first game in the weeks to come.
The bad news for the Jets, who lost defensive starters Jamien Sherwood and Lamarcus Joyner in the first half, is that Mekhi Becton went down with a serious-looking knee injury. We await the prognosis on that but it does not look promising.
The Jets’ performance was much better in the second half, for which – whether it was down to adjustments or just the fact that they got some of the players who were pressing to settle down – Robert Saleh and his coaching staff probably deserve most of the credit.
Their team is 0-1 now though, and with some tough opponents ahead and the prospect of being without their blue-chip left tackle they’ll need to make rapid improvements to avoid being essentially out of contention before they even get to the bye week.
We’ll be breaking this game in depth all day tomorrow, starting bright and early, so make sure you check in early and often. For now, the floor is yours to vent in the comments.