Antonio Cromartie, Walt Powell deliver big plays in Jets' win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are some highs and lows in terms of individual performances from the New York Jets' 28-18 win over the New York Giants (without the benefit of film review):


Antonio Cromartie, cornerback -- The whispers started early in training camp, when Cromartie got burned a few times on the practice field. Don't worry, he insisted, it's just practice. (Insert Allen Iverson voice.) Maybe Cromartie was right. He made the defensive play of the night, returning an Eli Manning interception for a touchdown -- 59 yards.

Walter Powell, punt returner -- The Jets' third-string punt returner -- yes, third! -- made one of the biggest plays of the night, scoring on a 54-yard return. Well, well, this makes things interesting. The job belongs to Jeremy Kerley -- or so we thought. Kerley's fall on the wide-receiver depth chart, coupled with Powell's breakout performance, could create options for the decision-makers. Kerley sat with a concussion.

Trevor Reilly, linebacker -- Starting for the injured Calvin Pace (groin), the second-year linebacker may have cemented a place on the 53-man roster. He's not the most athletically gifted player, but he plays almost as fast as Sheldon Richardson drives. Reilly recorded a half-sack and had at least one quarterback pressure. He deserves to be on the team.


Leonard Williams, defensive end -- His night ended early with a knee injury, the severity of which wasn't immediately available. This would be a crushing loss for the Jets, who are counting on their talented No. 1 pick to hold the fort while Richardson serves his four-game suspension. With no Richardson and no Williams, the Jets' potentially fearsome defensive line would be merely good, a couple of notches below special.

Demario Davis, linebacker -- He contributed to the Giants' first scoring drive, committing pass-interference and holding penalties in the span of a few plays. Clearly, he needs to brush up on his technique and ball awareness. Davis has the tools to be very good in coverage; he has to play smarter than that.

Nick Folk, kicker -- In eight seasons, Folk never has missed an extra point -- 292-for-292. But now the PAT has been moved back, making it a 33-yard conversion -- and Folk missed in the second quarter. It probably was just a hiccup, but those kind of hiccups can lead to a serious case of indigestion during the regular season.