New York Jets vs New England Patriots: Geno Smith, Stevan Ridley are two names worth remembering

New York Jets vs New England Patriots: Five Guys to keep Two Eyes on

9/12/13 in NFL   |   wsykes1   |   3 respect

4.   Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots -- Fear not fantasy owners, it can’t get much worse than last week!           With no Vereen and third-string running back Brandon Bolden doubtful with a knee injury, Ridley will       get the call to carry the rock despite being benched last week against Buffalo. In four games against       the Jets, he’s been pedestrian, averaging 3.58 yards per carry (44.8 yards per game) and a                     touchdown. It’s no secret that the Jets defense fares better against bruising backs like Ridley more         so than versatile backs like Vereen, but with no Amendola and Vereen the Patriots offensive game           plan should involve a healthy dose of the former LSU Tiger. The Jets gave up a mere 65-yards to             Doug Martin last week.

5.   Geno Smith, QB, Jets: There were a couple of different directions to go in with the final selection:   Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back for a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports        the Patriots rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins, who shined in                 preseason; the Jets starting running back Chris Ivory, who had                 sizzling expectations coming into preseason but has simmered since;       or the Jets star cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was torched for           seven receptions for 154 yards by Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson. But       ultimately it all comes back to the quarterback position. It wasn’t a           pretty start to the career of Smith, who lost a fumble and was                   intercepted on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. But         in the second half offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg dialed               things back for his rookie quarterback and allowed him to gain some         confidence that sparked a poised two-minute drill that lead to the               game-winning field goal by Nick Folk. A dialed back offense won’t             work against Belichick, who’ll be chomping at the bit to get after               Smith Thursday night. Smith doesn’t need to win to win over supporters, but he does need to show         poise in the pocket, command of the offense, ability to read and react to the defense and just a dash       of dynamic plays with his feet to put faith in fans for the future.

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