Updated 9:02 p.m. ET
The Jets' fourth Green & White Scrimmage in the last five years at SUNY Cortland was definitely not a case of the defense being ahead of the offense. But where the offense came from maybe was a surprise.
The starting quarterback battle didn't resolve itself much. Unofficially,
On balance, head coach Rex Ryan proclaimed the scrimmage, conducted in front of 6,101 fans at Cortland Stadium, a hit.
"I think that might have been our best scrimmage we’ve had since we’ve been coming here," Ryan said after the 80-minute session was over. "Very competitive. We did a lot of good things and then some not so good things. Obviously, McElroy, I don’t know what that QBR is but that was pretty impressive. But he stepped up and made some nice throws.
"And on defense you saw a couple of young guys standing out a little bit but Cro has the nice interception on defense. I think we had three touchdown passes for our offense to three different guys. Stephen with that nice one from Mark late was nice to see."
Cromartie said his experience with the West Coast offense helped him reel in the Sanchez overthrow of Vidal Hazelton over his shoulder near the goal line.
"I was in press coverage. It's just something that you have to expect coming from a West Coast offense. When I was playing against a West Coast Offense, once they get close to the 50-yard line, it's 'take a shot' time no matter what down it is. So my thing was try to get the receiver off balance, then once the ball is in the air I just try to go get the ball."
Hill said the last play of the night, his catch and run over
Ryan and coordinator Dennis Thurman take pride in their defense, and the "D" showed up on occasions while turning people loose on others. For instance, on 15 of the offense's carries, it gained 45 yards, a 3.0 average. But there were two other runs less contained —
On the pass rush, LB
Before Cromartie's theft, first-year CB Eric Crocker had the night's first interception, of Simms. There were no fumbles.
For the night the Jets offense, again unofficially, ran 63 plays and gained 407 yards, a healthy 6.5 yards per play.
The kickers also had good showings.
"Our punters, I had them punt with the wind," Ryan said. "but Ray Guy would've been in trouble against those two. I liked the way we kicked the ball."
One down development was an early ankle injury to third-round rookie