Rams vs Jets: Mark Sanchez Rocks| Player Rankings
The Rams and Jets faced off tonight and they both played as one would expect for these teams. In this game I was interested to see three main things coming into the game. First I wanted to see how Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens performed on the field as they are fighting for the starting job. I also wanted to see how the Jets would use their running backs and if rookie Shonn Greene would be the goal line man. Finally I wanted to see if the Rams revamped offensive line would preform well against a solid pass rush. Mark Sanchez Turns some heads I could be wrong but I believe Sanchez only worked one series in the game. While I was surprised by his quick day at the office, I couldn’t help but be impressed by what I saw in his play.
Mark’s first pass dressed in the NFL Jet colors went for a very nice 48 yard bomb to David Clowney. He also hooked up with tight end Dustin Keller two times for 40 yards as well, as he took the team down for a touchdown.
Mark ended his night with an impressive 3 of 4 passing for 88 yards, with this performance he is now in line to be the starting quarterback week one for New York.
Kellen Clemens on the other hand started the game tonight be really was not close to being as impressive as Sanchez in this offense. Sure in the first two series of the game he went 4/4 passing but he only had 24 total passing yards in those completions.
If he is truly going to win the job he has to show the type of playmaking that Mark showed so well in his short time on the field tonight.
Thomas Jones gets Goal line Touchdown
In the first contest to see how the Jets will in fact use their three talented running backs we got to see Thomas Jones carry the rock at the start of the game. This didn’t surprise me as Jones should be the starter on the team (assuming he doesn’t get traded) and will see the majority of the touches of the three runners.
What I did find interesting is that the coaching staff the Thomas carry the ball at the goal line and didn’t bring in rookie Shonn Greene to do the dirty work. Greene is a massive running back and very strong. This part of the offense would totally fit his game and I do still believe in the end you will see this rookie take over in this category. That being said Thomas Jones did have 15 touchdowns last year and proved he can get it done once again tonight against the Rams. It will be interesting to see if the team continues to use Jones in this role for the next few preseason games. Marc Bulger offensive line still needs work I was hoping to see that the Rams offensive line was going to be improved from what we have all seen in the past three seasons. In July I wrote a column about this offensive line and how they have upgraded in talent overall and should do better this season.
Unfortunately in their first contest they did not hold up so well as the first four times Marc Bulger dropped back he was sack twice. For the night Bulger was sacked a total of three times and that is not going to cut it if this team has any hopes of keeping Bulger healthy this season.
I did like what I saw from kicker Josh Brown as he had a nice 48 yard field goal and ended up kicking 3 field goals on the night. Many fantasy magazines have Brown down in the rankings because of the team he is on but watch out for him to have a good year in 2009.
The last notable player is receiver Laurent Robinson as he hooked up with Bulger for a nice 52 yard catch. He is battling Keenan Burton for the No.2 job (assuming Donnie Avery will be healthy to start the year) and this catch will only help his chances of starting week one.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com