What a debut with the Jets for Brandon Marshall. Marshall was traded to New York for just a fifth round pick early in the offseason and he looked like the most dominant receiver the Jets have had since Keyshawn Johnson. The 6'4 receiver ended the day with 6 catches, 62 yards, and a touchdown. Marshall made what may have been the biggest play of the game. With the Jets already struggling in the first half, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception. Marshall was the intended receiver and he stripped the ball from Tashaun Gipson to give the Jets the ball back. Brandon Marshall dominated Joe Haden all day and should be in for a huge season.
All the talk of Ivory being a bad fit in Chan Gailey's offense was put to bed today. Ivory had 20 carries for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 4.6 yards a carry and had a long carry of 19 yards. In typical Chris Ivory fashion, he was running through contact and breaking tackles left and right. Ivory is going to get a lot of touches this season. If he stays healthy, I am expecting his first 1,000 yard season of his career.
Last season was ugly for Calvin Pryor. He made no impact after being a first round pick. The safety easily had his best game as a Jet today. Pryor finished with a team-leading 10 tackles. When Josh McCown fumbled on a dive into the end-zone on Cleveland's opening drive, Pryor made the initial hit to shake the ball loose. Pryor was outstanding against the run, and looked improved in coverage. With Antonio Cromartie potentially being out for a long time, the Jets will need Pryor to step up in the secondary.