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QBs Matt Flynn, Josh Johnson play well in Jets' win over Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Jets' 24-18 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason finale at MetLife Stadium:

What it means: Not a whole lot. This was the final preseason game, so both teams rested the top half of their rosters. Unofficially, the Jets sat 33 players, including defensive end Sheldon Richardson, whose four-game suspension goes into effect for Week 1. For the record, Todd Bowles finished his first preseason with a 3-1 mark. The record will be forgotten by the time he watches the tape of the game. The focus shifts to cutting the roster to 53 (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET) and starting preparation for the Cleveland Browns. Ten days until opening day.

QB depth chart: With Ryan Fitzpatrick resting and Geno Smith still recovering from his broken jaw, the first objective in the game was to find a No. 2 quarterback for the season opener. A slight edge goes to Matt Flynn over Josh Johnson. As expected, Flynn started the game and he didn't stink. Actually, he performed reasonably well considering he's still learning the offense and had only two full days of practice. Remember, he hadn't played in a game since last December (mop-up duty for the Green Bay Packers).

Flynn didn't show much rust, completing 10 of 14 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He made one mistake, and it was a big one -- an interception at the Jets' 4-yard line. He has a brain cramp, forcing a pass to a well-covered receiver. It's hard to believe, but it was the first interception by a Jets quarterback in the preseason. Johnson (7-for-12, 82 yards) played the second half, making more plays with his legs than his arm (a team-high 76 rushing yards). He didn't do anything wrong, per se; it's just that Flynn arrived a week earlier, giving him a head start in learning the playbook.

Is Kerley in trouble? With Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker resting, and with Jeremy Kerley (concussion) sidelined, the young wide receivers got a chance to hog the stage. They all played well, especially Chris Owusu (5 catches for 72 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown), Walter Powell (3 catches for 58 yards) and Shaquelle Evans (3 catches for 25 yards). For a change, the Jets have decent depth. The burning question is, will it cost Kerley his job? His slide down the depth chart was one of the unexpected developments in training camp. The new coaching staff apparently doesn't value him as much as the previous staff, but Kerley is a proven slot receiver and a serviceable punt returner. It would be a mistake to cut him.

Who got hurt? There appeared to be no injuries of significance.

Rookie watch: Rookies, what rookies? The Jets' top four picks didn't play -- Leonard Williams (knee), Devin Smith (ribs), Lorenzo Mauldin (knee) and quarterback Bryce Petty (coach's decision).

Deep backfield: The Jets rested their top two running backs, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson, two former St. Louis Rams battling for the No. 3 spot, continued their spirited competition. Stacy (20 carries for 68 yards) scored on a 5-yard reception and Richardson (22 carries for 72 yards) scored on a 9-yard run. Stacy was more consistent throughout the preseason, so he gets the edge over Richardson. Either way, the Jets have to like their depth.

Mixed results on D: You want the good news? The Jets made two takeaways, a couple of interceptions by cornerback Darrin Walls. The bad news? They let Tim Tebow, of all people, throw two touchdown passes. Dexter McDougle and Keon Lyn were victimized on the scoring passes.