EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Jets wrapped up the preseason with a 16-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. It wasn’t your typical fourth game because the starting offense played two series. A look at positive and negative performances as they relate to the final roster cut-down Saturday, and the season opener in nine days:
QB Josh McCown: Coach Todd Bowles took a chance by starting McCown, but he felt it was necessary because his starting quarterback had played only one series in the first three games. Unconventional? Yes, but Bowles wanted his young quarterbacks to get experience. McCown gave everyone a scare when he left the game for a play after absorbing a blow to his midsection. Later, he said he got the wind knocked out of him. He returned mid-drive and led the offense to a field goal. In two series against backups, McCown finished 6-for-8 passing for 57 yards. Ready or not, he will start the season opener.
DE Kony Ealy: Acquired on waivers last week, Ealy needed a big game to secure a roster spot. He started at right end and saw extensive action in the first half, making one of the big plays of the night — a strip sack that set up a Jets field goal. He beat a backup left tackle, Dillon Gordon, so let’s keep things in perspective. The organization believes Ealy has the skill set to be a situational pass-rusher. He has had some success in the league, but there’s also a reason why he’s on his third team in four years. The hunch here is that he did enough to stick.
RB Elijah McGuire: With Matt Forte sitting out, McGuire moved into the No. 2 tailback spot and made one of the best individual plays of the preseason — a 34-yard run to set up a touchdown. The rookie’s roster spot already was secure, but the coaches wanted to see him end on a strong note — and he did. He finished with 56 yards on five carries.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins“>Austin Seferian-Jenkins: He won’t play again until Week 3. Suspended for two games (substance abuse violation), Seferian-Jenkins closed the preseason with a 12-yard reception on a corner route for a touchdown. It was a rare sight — a touchdown by a tight end. A year ago, the Jets attempted only one red zone pass to a tight end. At 6-foot-6, Seferian-Jenkins could be a red zone presence when he returns. By rule, he’s allowed to remain at the team’s facility during the suspension. He can do everything except practice and attend games.