If the opening drive of the preseason is any indication, Jets fans could have plenty to look forward to offensively.
Sam Darnold marched the Jets down the field on a seven-play, 75-yard drive, capped off with a three-yard touchdown to Jamison Crowder.
The Jets lost 31-22 to the host Giants but the first-team offense showcased maximum efficiency in limited action. Darnold said the successful drive was the result of a total team effort.
"I thought our guys did a really good job getting open. First and foremost, our O-line blocked their butts off," Darnold said. "In the pocket every time I dropped back it was super clean and I was even able to scoot up a couple times."
The drive started with a four-yard run by Ty Montgomery. Then Darnold nearly threw an interception on an intended pass to Quincy Enunwa. However, Darnold bounced back with a 32-yard completion across the middle to Chris Herndon.
"Even that one to Chris, I felt like no one was really around around me," Darnold said. "Then I just felt a huge gap in the pocket open up and I was able to find Chris over the middle and he obviously got a big gain."
From there, Crowder caught a short pass from Darnold and took it 28 yards to the Giants' 11-yard-line. Montgomery then had a five-yard reception and three-yard run. Darnold connected with Crowder on the next play for the touchdown.
"So, it was fun out there for that first drive," Darnold said. "Hopefully we gave Jets fans a little taste of what this season is going to be like."
It was only a preseason game but Jets fans are definitely excited after that dominant display by the offense. This was an encouraging first impression of the new and improved Jets offense.