Mike Cozzi at Large with Sports – Friday August 30, 2019

Winners and losers from Thursday’s Week 1 action

Read Story Photos: Best of CFB Week 1

Cincinnati linebacker Jarell White (8) hits UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

New York Jets 6, Philadelphia Eagles 0

More kicker updates! Taylor Bertolet, who took over the Jets‘ starting job when Chandler Catanzaroretired out of the blue, capped off an up-and-down preseason by hitting just two of five field-goal attempts Thursday. Bertolet missed from 56, 53 and 49 yards and hit from 39 and 23 yards. Despite the uneven performance, Jets coach Adam Gase gave Bertolet a vote of confidence in his postgame presser, telling reporters he would feel comfortable if Bertolet was his Week 1 kicker. We’ll see how comfortable Gase and general manager-slash-waiver wire fiend Joe Douglas are with that reality on cutdown day.

— Jeremy Bergman

New York Giants 31, New England Patriots 29

Danny Dimes done did it again. Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones capped off a near-perfect preseason with a lone perfect series on Thursday night, a 4-for-4, 47-yard showing that ended without a score. How quickly perceptions have changed around the sixth overall pick. From ridiculed selection in late April to heir apparent in late August, Jones finished the preseason having gone 29-for-34 for 416 yards, two touchdowns, three fumbles and no picks. Eli Manning is the quarterback of Big Blue past, present and near-future, but Jones’ surprising summer staked a claim for an earlier entry than expected into the starting lineup.

Mike Cozzi at Large with Sports – Friday August 30, 2019
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