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NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: New York Jets 24, Atlanta Falcons 16

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Jets quarterback Chris Streveler (15) throws under pressure form Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Patrick Johnson (48) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets rallied from behind for the second consecutive week to beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-16 in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL preseason.

New York Jets


Fifth-year signal-caller Mike White got the start for the Jets, playing 28 snaps before making way for Chris Streveler in the third quarter. White completed 12 of his 17 passes for 90 yards, tallying one big-time throw and one turnover-worthy play. He recorded a 6.8-yard average depth of target and averaged only 5.1 yards per pass attempt from a clean pocket.

Streveler entered the game with his team down 16-3. He then led two touchdown drives to get his team back in it, completing 8-of-11 attempts for 119 yards and adding 33 rushing yards on six carries. The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber threw 9.7 yards down the field on average and racked up 12.0 yards per pass attempt from a clean pocket.


Rookie running back Breece Hall managed just 1 rushing yard from his four carries, but it was far from easy going, as he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on all four of those attempts.

Zonovan Knight led the Jets backs in carries, with five. While the box score may credit him with only 9 rushing yards, he piled up 17 yards after contact, showing just how tough conditions were tonight. Knight forced two missed tackles and averaged 3.4 yards after contact per attempt.


Lawrence Cager caught all three of his catchable targets for 65 yards. Two of his catches went for 15 or more yards, including a 34-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter. The receiver-turned-tight end ran just nine routes but generated a near-perfect 156.3 passer rating.

Rookie wideout Garrett Wilson started the game for the Jets, running seven routes before making way for the third-stringers. Wilson caught all three of his targets for 15 yards and went 2-for-2 in contested scenarios. 


The Jets' run-blocking was way under par tonight. In total, Jets backs averaged -0.4 yards before contact per rushing attempt, and rushing plays netted an uninspiring -0.171 expected points added (EPA) per play.

Fortunately, the team's pass-blocking was considerably better. On first review, the Jets line gave up just one hit and four hurries — and no sacks — across 33 passing plays.


Bradlee Anae was the standout among Jets defensive linemen tonight, picking up three pressures from his 22 pass-rush snaps. His fourth-quarter strip-sack, which he returned 30 yards for a defensive touchdown, allowed the Jets to pull away late. 


Del'Shawn Phillips led the Jets linebacking corps in snaps played (37). He recorded six solo tackles and one defensive stop on the night, though he also missed two tackles.


Third-year corner Bryce Hall was targeted four times in coverage tonight, and he gave up four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. All four of those catches moved the chains, with Atlanta's quarterbacks netting a perfect 158.3 passer rating when throwing into Hall's coverage.

Atlanta Falcons


Marcus Mariota started for the Falcons tonight and finished with an impressive stat line: 6-of-10 for 132 yards and a touchdown. The veteran put up an impressive 12.3-yard average depth of target and moved the chains on five of his six completions, notably going 3-of-3 for 104 yards and a score when throwing beyond 20 yards downfield.

Rookie Desmond Ridder entered the game in the second quarter and carried on from where Mariota left off. Ridder went 10-of-13 for 143 yards and missed just one of his 10-plus-yard passes on the night.


Tyler Allgeier played most of Atlanta's snaps in the first half, running for 17 yards on six carries. He forced two missed tackles and averaged 4.0 yards after contact per attempt.


Second-year tight end Kyle Pitts ran just two routes and caught his only target for an impressive 52-yard gain

Jared Bernhardt led the team in receiving yards tonight (67), going 3-of-3 for three first downs and two plays of 15 or more yards. He added 20 yards after the catch and was targeted 15.7 yards downfield on average. 


The Falcons offensive line allowed just one sack and three hurries across 34 pass-block snaps on first review. 

Pending review, tackle Leroy Watson, center Matt Hennessy, guard Chris Lindstrom, guard Elijah Wilkinson, guard Justin Shaffer, center Jonotthan Harrison and tackle Kaleb McGary all kept perfect slates in pass protection.


The Falcons defensive line didn't pose much of a threat Monday night, combining for only six total pressures across 33 pass-block snaps. On first review, no defensive lineman finished with more than one quarterback pressure.


Atlanta's linebackers were targeted six times in coverage on the night, with the unit giving up five receptions for 62 yards and two first downs.

Sophomore linebacker Dorian Etheridge made a brief impact against the run, recording one tackle for loss and one tackle assist across seven snaps.


A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward Jr. played three coverage snaps apiece Monday night. Terrell wasn't targeted, while Hayward gave up one catch for 4 yards.

First-year undrafted free agent Dee Alford was targeted four times but gave up just two catches for 9 yards. He added a defensive stop and made two tackles in total. 

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