New Jersey’s EAST RUTHERFORD The Falcons and Jets met on Monday night after two combined sessions earlier in the week. Losing 24-16, the Falcons.
Earlier in the week, Arthur Smith advised taking everything spoken throughout this week of joint practises with a grain of salt. The Falcons’ second preseason game should be seen in the same light. On Monday night, the Jets played virtually any starters at all. The Falcons did it throughout the whole opening frame. But what about the game’s last period and a half? The majority of both teams’ reserves were deployed during that period.
In light of all said, who stood out for the Falcons and what do their limited evaluations indicate about the state of this club generally throughout the preseason?
Talk about it.
Mr. Marcus Mariota
We saw Mariota play one drive against Detroit last week. We saw the Falcons starter a lot more on Monday night against the Jets. At the end of the first quarter, he completed 132 yards on 6-of-10 passing. When he connected with Kyle Pitts for a 52-yard grab and later Olamide Zaccheaus for a touchdown reception of 13 yards and a stunning concept of a route, he appeared to have the offence under control.
If we had to find something wrong with Mariota’s performance, it would be that a handful of his throws weren’t thrown fully. The tight end slowed down in his route to timing his grab on his 53-yard throw to Pitts. Similar manoeuvres were made by Mariota during the second drive, when he completed a throw to Anthony Firkser for a 39-yard gain. It’s possible that touchdowns will be scored if these throws are made in front of Pitts and Firkser. The last drive of the first quarter by Mariota wasn’t as successful as the first two. On second down, he threw the ball into the ground with Qadree Ollison in mind, and on third down, he also missed Zaccheaus.
Timing will come because it’s the preseason; don’t worry too much about it, just take it into consideration. But hey, Mariota had 132 yards in one quarter, so it wasn’t a terrible night. Just a few timing issues need to be resolved for the seasoned quarterback going ahead.Timing will come because it’s the preseason; don’t worry too much about it, just take it into consideration. But hey, Mariota had 132 yards in one quarter, so it wasn’t a terrible night. Just a few timing issues need to be resolved for the seasoned quarterback going ahead.
Now let’s discuss the novice.
The need to see players’ reactions to failure is something Arthur Smith has discussed extensively during training camp and the preseason. When things go wrong, like they did in the second quarter of Monday night’s game, he wants to see players recover.
The Falcons offence was battered by penalties in the second quarter. When the Falcons had a fourth down opportunity from the Jets one yard line, Jalen Mayfield was penalised for a false start. In the aftermath, as Ridder and the offensive line were making their way to the sideline, Smith became enraged and began to attack them.
With two minutes remaining in the half, the second-team offence received the ball back after the Falcons defence made a stop. Ridder successfully recovered from the prior drive. He had luck finding Jared Bernhardt for three throws totaling 67 yards, and his passes appeared to be accurate. However, fines continued to mount. The Falcons were prevented from reaching the end zone by offensive holds and an illegal shift, so to conclude the half, Younghoe Koo had to kick a short field goal.
It should be noted that despite the mistakes, Ridder persisted in responding with penalties by causing an event to occur that moved the ball downfield. Ridder’s night ended with the rookie quarterback finishing 10-for-13 via the air for 143 yards when Feleipe Franks was brought in at quarterback midway through the third quarter. Overall, a respectable stat line.
Mr. Ade Ogundeji
Being aware of someone’s absence from the field is one of the highest compliments I can pay. On Monday night, I had the same impression of Ogundeji. In his appearance, he only had two tackles, one of which was for a loss, but he was effective when he was on the field. Throughout the three series he was involved in, Ogundeji was often around the ball.
He made a few good penetrations and applied some pressure to the Jets tackles. Upon colliding with Mike White’s legs on third down, Ogundeji was penalised for roughing the passer. The defence held up despite his and Smith’s displeasure with the decision, and Ogundeji finished the game proving, at least in my eyes, that he is a key component of both this defence and the outside linebacker position’s aspirations for the future.
Against the Jets on Monday, we saw a lot of Allgeier in the early going. Allgeier had a lot more work with Mariota and the rest of the first team offence, but Ollison received the majority of the first team repetitions when he played against Detroit. In the second quarter, he remained in through all of Ridder’s repetitions.
On a number of his six runs, Allgeier gained considerable yards after making initial contact by running aggressively. Even though he only got 17 running yards, they felt well-earned and well-timed. He caught a few passes from the backfield as well, according to Smith. For a total of 12 yards, he caught three of his four targets. Overall, the rookie running back gave a good effort.
The entire defensive interior, not just one individual
After working hard for two days straight at the joint practises of the Falcons and Jets earlier in the week, Grady Jarrett was benched on Monday night. This was beneficial in two ways: 1) Jarrett wasn’t necessary to see. That’s Jarrett. Maintain his health so he is prepared for Week 1. Additionally, we require as many assessments as we can find of the defensive interior’s depth.
All of the defensive interior, not just one individual
After working hard for two days straight at the Falcons and Jets joint practises earlier in the week, Grady Jarrett was kept out of the lineup on Monday night. Two things made this favourable: 1) No one need a visit from Jarrett. It’s Jarrett. Keep him well and prepared for Week 1. As many assessments of the defensive interior’s depth as possible are also necessary.
Throughout training camp and the preseason, injuries substantially reduced the size of this position group. Due to this, the Falcons are searching for players to take on more significant responsibilities. A large number of defensive linemen played on Monday. The Falcons’ first team defence also saw guys like Jalen Dalton, Abdullah Anderson, and Timothy Horne rotate in at various points throughout the first half. Ta’Quon Graham and Anthony Rush still seem like the ones best equipped to slide in beside Jarrett come Week 1 of the season. They continued to be in for the duration of the second half as well. On Monday, these individuals received a lot of reps.
A 53-man roster reduction will shortly take place. Do the Falcons have enough depth at this position to get them through the preseason and into the regular season? Or do they need to recruit additional reinforcements through the free agent market? It appears like the Falcons coaching staff is conducting proper research throughout these first two preseason games to learn more.