- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith showed he can take a hit and keep throwing, but getting the ball in the end zone was a little harder. Despite some good passes and well-drawn plays, the Jets settled for a field goal in the first half, and trail the Patriots 13-3 at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.
Patriots veteran quarterback Tom Brady may not have many receivers, but he hit Julian Edelman seven times for 42 yards and sent a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson just 2 minutes and 6 seconds into the game. But clearly Brady was frustrated, forced to punt and getting into a field goal contest with the Jets in the second quarter. At one point he fumed on the bench, screaming at his receivers.
Later, Brady threw what was initially ruled a touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 19 seconds left in the half, but it was called back after a replay established the receiver didn’t have control. Stephen Gostkowski missed the final 43-yard field goal attempt.
Meanwhile, the Jets receivers struggled. Stephen Hill’s 33 yards on two passes also include a fumble, while Clyde Gates had a catch in the end zone ruled a completion and missed a likely touchdown on another pass.
Santonio Holmes had a 27-yard catch on a play that included a roughing the passer call on Chandler Jones, who sandwiched Smith with Michael Buchanan. Smith took the heavy contact without missing a play. He has not been a threat with his feet, with just 1 yard on two carries.
At one point, after an inefficient series, Smith consulted with Mark Sanchez, who was on the sideline after news about his labrum tear and recommended surgery came out.
Sanchez might have been the quarterback if not for the injury, but Smith did not turn the ball over in the first half. He has shown poise for a rookie, and will need it if the Jets expect to win this game.
ODDS AND ENDS: Damon Harrison left the game in the second quarter with an injury, his condition wasn’t updated by halftime. ... Jones had a nose for Smith, getting two second-quarter sacks after being part of the two-man tackle in the first quarter with Buchanan. ... Vladimir Ducasse and D'Brickashaw Ferguson gave up the sacks.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith showed he can take a hit and keep throwing, but getting the ball in the end zone was a little harder.