Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Same Old Song from Jets 'O'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Same Old Song from Jets 'O'

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Adding insults to injuries. That pretty much summed up the first half for the Jets on Sunday night against Carolina.

The insults came from the home fans, who booed loudly when the Jets settled for a 22-yard Nick Folk field goal after a Carolina turnover gave them the ball at the Panthers' 12-yard line in the second quarter. They also voiced their displeasure when the Jets ran only two safe plays in the final 1:11 of the half despite having the ball at their own 25 with two timeouts remaining.

The Jets' starting offense likely will not score a touchdown in the preseason. They managed only three field goals with Mark Sanchez before he was relieved by Tim Tebow in the third quarter of a 17-12 Panthers' victory. Coach Rex Ryan has said Sanchez and backup quarterback Tebow will not play Thursday in the preseason finale at Philadelphia.

The injuries began on the offense's first play from scrimmage, when tight end Dustin Keller came up limping after a 24-yard reception to the 50. He left with a hamstring injury and didn't return. Inside linebacker David Harris left with an ankle problem later in the first period and also didn't come back.

Reserve tight end Josh Baker was hit hard by Carolina's Josh Norman while trying to make a catch in the end zone in the second quarter, and he suffered a right knee injury that could be severe. Second-string tight end Jeff Cumberland missed the game because of a concussion, meaning the Jets likely will have to go out and sign a tight end today.

Sanchez and Co. haven't managed a TD in 15 possessions covering three games. The Jets entered the game last in the NFL in total offense this month.

The Jets finished 30th in total offense in the NFL during their four preseason games in 2011, and that somewhat foreshadowed a regular season in which they finished 25th in total offense, although they were first in red-zone efficiency.

The first-team offense, which had been blanked in the first two games, drove 46 yards in six plays on its first drive of the game, including Sanchez completions of 24 and 20 yards to Keller and Patrick Turner, respectively. …

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