Chris Streveler, New York Jets
Chris Streveler, New York Jets, Getty Images

“Mr. August” struck one last time for the Jets

Drama in the Snoopy Bowl? Good grief!

Fourth quarter Chris Streveler, dubbed “Mr. August” by CBS play-by-play man Ian Eagle, allowed the New York Jets to end the 2022 preseason on the perfect note. Streveler led a 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended on his five-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Jackson Jr. It allowed the Jets (3-0) to earn a perfect exhibition mark and prevail in a 31-27 triumph over the New York Giants in the annual get-together between the East Rutherford roommates. Streveler led a comeback victory in each of the three preseason tilts.

With Joe Flacco in tow, the Jets appeared to have a strong trek to the end zone rolling on their opening possessions, going 46 yards on 10 plays. Alas, the last play turned out to be deadly, as a lost Michael Carter fumble forced by Micah McFadden stifled any scoreboard progress.

The Jets’ defense, however, put up a strong effort as the team allowed only 98 yards in the first half against a Giants group that mostly played its primary backups. Micheal Clemons raised the pressure on a hit that shook up quarterback Tyrod Taylor (who was carted off with a back injury) while Michael Carter II and Quinnen Williams shared a sack.

Carter later made up for his offensive namesake’s turnover by earning one of his own, intercepting Taylor before his exit. Kwon Alexander also joined Clemons in the big hit party, taking down Antonio Williams in viral fashion.

As for scoring, the Jets took a 17-10 lead thanks to touchdown passes from Mike White, who found Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith 21 and 19 yards out, respectively. The Giants previously took a 10-7 advantage thanks to Austin Calitro’s pick-six that victimized Flacco.

Gang Green’s offensive success in the latter half stemmed from what could be Denzel Mims‘s final hours in a Jets uniform. The embattled second-round pick caught all of his first six targets including a 29-yard touchdown grab from Chris Streveler. It was a counter to two Big Blue scores, as Jashaun Corbin scored from a yard out before Austin Allen earned an 18-yard scoring tally at the onset of the final frame.

Though the Giants appeared to secure the victory with a Ryan Santoso field just before the two-minute warning, Streveler had one last bit of summer magic. He drove the Jets to a game-winning touchdown that sent the green sections of East Rutherford, including a smiling Zach Wilson, into hysterics. On fourth-and-goal, Streveler found Calvin Jackson Jr. for a five-yard tally.

The Jets’ next action against another team will be for real, as the team will open its 2022-23 regular season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11 (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago

Doubt I’ll ever bet since I got crazy hot and crazy betting in 2006 after a divorce. Had to be up over $100k in 6 very hot weeks but gave most of it back except got the $35k Hyuandai Sante Fe to make sure I didn’t give it all back.lol (Tom Brady getting 3.5 against Broncos at Denver started the give back.
Had an easy TE screen tipped that was sure TD then pick 6 and the mo never changed…sorry just from a time long gone and an ad every 2 seconds.
MY 2022 JETS W/L
division
lose both to Bills and split Pats and Miami
START
will win one of Vs Ravens or at Browns
win at Broncos
win vs Bears
win vs Lions
win vs Jags
win at Seattle 8-9

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago

As I said on another thread, I want to keep Streveler and Cal Jackson.
A pairing of White and Mims might get us a 3rd rounder for QB/WR needy team.
The Broncos collect QBs and there will be other suiters imo. Get the best deal and keep the better performers.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago

So the turnovers were disappointing but the offense looks like it has potential and players. Hall the RB looks dangerous, G. Wilson looks like a pro, the new TEs lead a quality group. I think Flaco still has something left in a Testaverde way. One thing on Mims. Im not against him and I hope he comes around but even yesterday, in the midst of his best pro game, doesn’t get open. Every catch is contested because the DB is right with him. Thats because he doesn’t run good routes IMO, and you have to make a great throw every time. Even # 9, (Jackson Jr?) gets himself open, Mims doesn’t.

Harder to judge the defense but you have to like the look of the front four. Clemons looks a monster! How did he get picked so late? Lawson also looked fast and like he could be a difference maker. I think he’ll help Q Williams and visa versa.

Jaysean
Jaysean
1 month ago

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago

How Strebler can’t be above White is just crazy. ik he’s playing against mainly backups but so, for the most part is White.
After a huge day from Mims, see if a package of Mins ans White can get us a 3rd rounder. If not, hopefully there is a storage spot for when some unlucky team (NOT US) suffers some injuries.

Matt Galemmo
Matt Galemmo
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I wonder if Mims played his way into a 4th round pick, but I expect trying to package him with White hurts Mims’s value, rather than helps it. If you trade for White you get his salary (2.5mm), too.

It’s hard to imagine Jeff Smith ever having a game like that, or a play like the TD, even if it is against backups. Considering Mims also gunned on the punt coverage team, maybe he actually played his way into WR5.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Galemmo

Id take a 4th for him and drive him to the airport and carry his bag. Yesterday, as good as he played, he wasnt ever wide open. He made the catches, kudos, but watch G Wilson and Moore. They get open and so did #9 yesterday. I like him, Jackson Jr right?

Matt Galemmo
Matt Galemmo
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

I’m not a big Mims believer so I’m not going to spend a lot of time defending him, but the guy he’s fighting is Jeff Smith, and Jeff Smith doesn’t spend a lot of time wide open either. Streveler sure seemed to think he was open, targeting him that many times, and he kept catching the ball with some pretty good looking body control and hand strength. My whole point is I wouldn’t have thought Mims or Smith capable of a game like that, and while it’s probably about as fluky as Mike White throwing for > 400 yards in a game, in this case it just happened yesterday and maybe it’s enough to get Matt Rhule to give up a 4th round pick. That’s not exactly high praise.

One thing I will say about Mims that I actually do think deserves praise is I like how he crack blocks. If Mims can match Smith’s contributions on special teams, then the slight possibility of repeating yesterday’s performance plus the intriguing ability of motioning him inside to crack block on a DE in the run game might give the Jets something Smith can’t.

Or at least I think it does.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Galemmo

Yea feel the same way. If we could get a 4th I’d trade him but if we don’t hes at least big and strong. He and Smith are kinda the same to me, not difference makers. So if you can get something take it IMO.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt Galemmo

I saw the same thing and if Calvin Jackson and Strecwler didn’t excite me to the point they do I would consider keeping Mims.
Just think he needs a fresh start and I didn’t think of White’s salary.
If a team needs a backup it’s not a high price but you might be right in its better to trade them separately.
I guess they can do it either way. Streveler and Jackson are guys we as Jets fans fall in love with going as far back as Chrebet to Berrios.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

Jackson has a little something right? Thought he was going to break that kick return too. If things go well the TEs and top 3 WRs are going to be the reason. Let’s hope. Just got a glimpse of B Hall yesterday but he could be a huge factor if hes the real deal. If we can run it we will be competitive with this group if we get even average QB play.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I think White knows the offense and you have to be careful looking at preseason results. He should make the practice squad but I don’t love Strebler’s throwing motion. Of course I said that about Kurt Warner, who had the same kinda short, shotput delivery and hes in the HoF.

I do think we are going to be looking for a QB sooner than later, it would take a miracle for Wilson to breakout out this point. If Flacco plays well and they win a few games hes not going to get the job back right away because the Jets know who he is by now too, you can tell by how the talk about him.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

I’d bet my house they go back to Wilson despite what Flacco does in one or two games.
GMs that used a #2 overall pick on a QB only to have hin lose the job early in year two despite how well he did in other areas will soon be looking for a new job himself.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

So I agree that its the move you want to make. Full disclosure, I don’t believe in Wilson… I may be wrong but I believe that the Jets have figured that out too. Its complicated because GM and HC drafted him and its tough to move on from the #2 overall, bad look. However, remember GM and HC are on the clock here too, they need this program to move forward and that means win games. GM has had some misses with the draft but hes really improved the talent and this team has some players and potential now. If Flacco is playing well enough and gets wins I think he’ll play. They let White play until he proved he couldn’t last year too and made Wilson wait. And Flacco is a different situation because of his experience so he’s going to be judged differently.

The only thing that matters is winning games right now or GM and HC will not be here. I think GM is in a stronger position than HC but the honeymoon is over. Decent QB play with this supporting cast will win some games. Bad QB wont and even if I’m wrong about Wilson in the long term, Flacco is a better QB than Wilson is TODAY. If they find an excuse (winning) they can sit Wilson without a lot of blowback. IMO

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

I feel it’s too early to give up on Wilson. Flushing Wilson after a failed prior high choice in Darnold that also cost 2 2bd rounders to move up would be a killer.
I want Wilson back asap and really feel just the opposite on Flacco.
I would have kept the 3 younger guys. I don’t want the success or failure based on Flacco at age 37.
If Wilson can become a top 15 QB by years end the future looks very bright.
If not there will be a QB that will force a trade. Maybe even the guy we play opening day!

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I totally salute your positivity on Wilson, I thought Sam would be the guy so I learned my lesson on him, though I like to tell myself they ruined Darnold. But either way these QBs are busting at a very high rate. Ive come to believe that the coaching in the NFL is a big problem and I’m not sold on our staff by any means. I like Salah a lot but the I think the staff has struggled to get the program right and that a QB like Wilson, who is unpolished and played second tier college football, needed seasoned coaching.

If this team had Jackson we’d be a playoff contender. I think we could be if we have a QB who could play league average, which is the bottom of the the top 15, like you said. I’d be thrilled if Wilson ever reaches that level but its not going to be this year. He’s historically bad and his problems are structural- terrible fundamentals, bad mechanics and no one is talking about his feel for the game because… You fill in the blank.

If Flacco plays well the decision they make will tell you exactly what they think of Wilson. Weve passed the 2 week point of the 2 to 4 weeks estimate and they dont seem to be rushing him (also a sign about how they feel about him) so I don’t think Wilson is playing week 1. Remember, if JD and Salah bench him its a controversy, in this situation they dont have to justify keeping him on the bench if Flacco plays well and they get a few wins. Wilson is like a time bomb for them. If they admit hes bad they look bad. If they win some games they can throw him under the bus and not lose their jobs for screwing up the pick. If they lose and hes bad, its all on them.