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Notebook: Clyde Gates Does It Right

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Jets WR's Go-Ahead Touchdown, Penalty Problems & IK Enemkpali's 'Rookie Wall'

Two weeks ago WR Clyde Gates told our reporter Jackie Lovett: “I’m looking forward to everything. I want to have a great preseason, I want to have a great day of practice every day. I want to do everything right. That’s where my mind is."

Gates did right with his go-ahead 17-yard touchdown catch-and-run from Michael Vick early in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 25-17 comeback win over the Bengals on Saturday. Clyde, who sat out last season with an injury, scored his first touchdown as a Jet in any game since his arrival before the start of the 2012 preseason from Miami.

It also was only the second TD of his pro career. The first came as a rookie in the 2011 preseason on a 6-yard toss from Matt Moore in the Dolphins' preseason-opening win at Atlanta.

So congrats, Clyde, and many more.

Getting the Yellow Out

One coaching point from Saturday's game the Jets will be hard at work on this week will be correcting the penalty issues that arose.

“We never want to hurt each other," G Willie Colon said of the 12 penalties marked off against the Green & White for 133 yards. "We had a couple of drives where we were moving and set ourselves back. That’s what we have to learn from. We were fired up coming in to the game.”

"We can’t have those penalties throughout the course of a regular-season game, drive-stopping penalties or things that will set us back," QB Geno Smith said. "Obviously we want our guys to be tough up front and to be fiery, but we have to clean those things up and we have to make sure we’re not shooting ourselves in the foot and not hurting ourselves. At the end of the day, it’s about winning games."

The Jets did win, and fans will recall they did it in Game 3 of the 2013 regular season when they were flagged 20 times for 168 yards and still held off the Bills, 27-20.

But in general too many penalties remain a bad measure of football success. From 1965 through last season, when the Jets had more than 100 penalty yards in a regular-season game and the opponents didn't, their record was 10-20.

Rex Ryan knows winning one out of three games in any category is not a good metric

"Did we cross the line a little bit? We'll certainly look and address it," the head coach said. "We want to be a clean, physical football team, and that’s what we plan on being.”

Ryan in fact has cleaned up a team penalty situation before. Over the final three months of the '13 season (after the Bills and Titans games), the Jets were tied for sixth in the NFL in fewest penalties committed and tied for fourth in fewest penalty yards.

Great (Rookie) Wall

IK Enemkpali certainly threw up a wall of sorts early in the fourth quarter when he blocked Kevin Huber's punt from his own end zone and sent it back over the end line for a safety.

Research shows how rare it is for a Jets first-year man to reject kicks of any kind. The last rookie to block any kind of kick in the preseason for us was Bryan Thomas, who stopped a punt at Pittsburgh in 2002.

The last Jets rookie to block any kind of kick in any game was Blake Spence, who had his celebrated snuff of Tom Rouen early in the third quarter of the 1998 AFC Championship Game at Denver.

Sack Cycle

The Jets sacked Bengals QB Matt Scott four times last night. That was the first time an opposing QB was sacked that many times in a preseason game in five years, or since ... Michael Vick was dropped four times in the 2009 Jets-Eagles game at the old Meadowlands stadium. Against the Bengals, Vick, Smith and Tajh Boyd went unsacked.


VIEW: Preseason Week 2: Jets at Bengals
READ: Highlights of Jets' 25-17 Win at Cincinnati
WATCH: Rex Ryan Addresses Squad After 25-17 Triumph
WATCH: Davis: Team Responded to Slow Start

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