Analyzing the good, bad from Jets' win over Falcons

Looking back on some of the positive and negative performances in the New York Jets' 30-22 win over the Atlanta Falcons:


1. Leonard Williams, defensive end: I don't want to say I predicted a big game for the No. 1 pick, but I predicted a big game. The former USC star recorded 1.5 sacks and a tackle-for-loss, having his way against the Falcons' suspect offensive line. Afterward, teammate Willie Colon said Williams has a "Richard Seymour-type body. ... It's crazy, but he doesn't know how good he can be. He's just playing football. When he gets his bearings, he's going to be scary."

2. Chris Ivory, running back: It was only one run, but it was a good one -- 33 yards for a touchdown. This is his third year with the Jets, and this is definitely his best camp. The Jets are counting on him in a big way. As Brandon Marshall said, "The offense starts with Chris Ivory, that's what it starts with -- Chris Ivory and the hogs up front."

3. Jason Babin, linebacker: He's battling to make the team, and his 1.5-sack performance will help his chances. He's 35 years old, but the motor still is running. The Jets should have solid depth at outside linebacker because they have third-round pick Lorenzo Mauldin and Trevor Reilly, who never stops hustling.


1. Kellen Davis, tight end: Taking a page out of the Matthew Mulligan and Ben Hartsock handbooks -- former backups tight ends/penalty machines -- Davis was penalized three times in the first half, including two holding calls. That won't help his chances of making the team. Then again, it's a thin position. Because of a shortage of bodies, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey had to adjust on the fly, using more wide receiver-based packages than he had planned.

2. Eric Decker, wide receiver: Not to pick on a proven vet for a preseason performance, but he had a drop and a holding penalty. He was targeted four times, but had only one catch for 12 yards.

3. Jeremy Kerley, wide receiver: He can't catch a break this summer. After mysteriously slipping down the depth chart at the start of camp, losing playing time to the unproven Quincy Enunwa, Kerley responded with two nice catches on Friday night. But his night ended early with a concussion. You have to wonder how a prolonged absence would affect his place in the pecking order. A couple of backups, DeVier Posey (13-yard touchdown catch) and Saalim Hakim (46-yard reception), made big plays. Without Kerley, they used cornerback Javier Arenas to return punts.