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Defense Didn't Kick In Until Second Half

Posted Aug 8, 2014

D-Lineman Douzable: 'We've Got to Come Out Fast Next Time We're on the Field'

The Jets defense has dominated the offense at times during training camp and they saw some of that momentum carry over in the second half of the preseason-opening 13-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The unit got off to a slow start as Colts QB Andrew Luck was able to convert two early third downs to extend the opening drive. The defense allowed 114 yards in the opening quarter, 206 yards in the first half, but settled down after halftime.

“We started slow, but we got it going in the second quarter,” D-lineman Leger Douzable said. “From there on out, I think we only gave up 16 yards in the whole second half, which is pretty good. We've just got to come out fast next time we’re on the field.”

Perhaps the biggest play of the night was the last one for the defense: a strip sack of Colts first-year QB Chandler Harnish by rookie LB IK Enemkpali and was recovered by LB A.J. Edds with less than a minute left on the clock. After the recovery, QB Matt Simms knelt down twice to seal the game.

“It’s a special time for them,” said LB Demario Davis about the younger members of the team. “The preseason is a big evaluation time, so the starters are just trying to get ready for the season, but it’s mainly for the younger guys to find out who’s going to be a part of your 53. The strongest teams are strong at the bottom so you have to have guys who can make big plays down the stretch, provide depth, be good special teams guys. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Douzable said he was happy that Enemkpali was the man to get to the quarterback because of all the work he’s seen the rook putting in during training camp.

“It was great. IK has worked really hard during practice and I was glad to see him make a play for us at the end of the game,” he said. “It’s a big play. Game on the line and you get a sack fumble. We made a big emphasis this offseason on turnovers and to see the young guys got that going was a great thing.”

The Jets have definitely talked much about creating turnovers over the last two-plus weeks. Although they recorded just one takeaway, CB Dee Milliner had both hands on a ball in the end zone late in the first quarter, breaking up the pass but not coming up with the interception. The Colts scored their only touchdown later in the drive.

“I should have caught that,” said Milliner, who had another pass defense on the second play from scrimmage. “If I would have caught that, it would have prevented a touchdown on the other end.”

Milliner came on strong last season, building his confidence in the final games of the year. He’s well aware that he can build from his performance and use it in future practices and games.

“Every game, even practice, anything you are doing well, even bad, you have to critique it and keep working at it,” he said. “Everything always carries over. You are going to keep it in the back of your mind, you are going to remember it, and you just have to keep working at it.”

Davis said that despite some good things the Jets can take away from this game, there are still improvements to make, especially their pass defense.

“We obviously want to improve. I think the biggest thing we want to take care of when we get out there is the back end,” he said. “We've got to make sure we get all our communications, make sure we’re in the right position. It’s going to be tough to run the ball against us so we have to make sure we tighten up that pass game.”




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