It wasn't much, but it was a step in the right direction.
Eric Decker and Chris Johnson made their Jets debuts in a 13-10 win over the Colts Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Decker caught two passes for 12 yards and Johnson scored the Jets' only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Their individual statlines may not seem all that impressive, but keep in mind that both were given limited reps.
Decker, nursing hamstring and foot injuries, said "it felt good" being in a new offense. "Got into a rhythm . . . getting some first downs and moving the chains. We executed well."
The Jets' offense struggled at times on third down, particularly on Geno Smith's two drives. The second-year quarterback connected with his new No. 1 receiver for 7 yards to start the first drive, but an incomplete pass to fullback Tommy Bohanon and a false-start penalty on David Nelson led to a punt. On the next drive, Smith hit Jeff Cumberland for 11 yards and ran for 10, but the drive stalled again and ended in a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk.
"It was good," Decker said of catching passes from Smith in a game. "It didn't feel any different than practices. It's just fun to go against a different opponent and work on the timing aspect, just getting into a rhythm.''
The last time the former Bronco played at MetLife Stadium was Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seahawks. Decker caught one pass for 6 yards in the Seahawks' 43-8 rout.
Johnson also seemed pleased with his performance in his first game since undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery in the offseason. Johnson withstood several hits while rushing four times for 2 yards and catching two passes for 16 yards, but he felt fine afterward. "After the first hit, it was back to normal," he told reporters. "Just like any other year, like any other game."
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