East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Bartel’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Larry Johnson late in the fourth quarter propelled Washington over the New York Jets, 16-11, in exhibition play.
Graham Gano’s three field goals were the only other offense for the Redskins, who improved to 2-1 in the preseason. Rex Grossman got the start and finished 8-of-16 for 111 yards and lost a fumble that resulted in a safety.
Johnson added 42 rushing yards on nine carries.
Mark Sanchez threw for 139 yards, one TD and an interception on 13-of-21 tries for the Jets, who fell to 1-2. Dustin Keller hauled in a Sanchez pass for a score while LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 142 yards on the ground.
Tomlinson went for 86 yards on 11 touches and Green added 56 yards on 12 carries. Nick Folk contributed a 45-yard field goal in defeat.
Tonight is the third preseason game. Since the starters play the longest, many consider it the most important preseason affair. That is a relative term, though. I don't think the Rams would stand toe to toe with the Patriots in Foxborough in a real game like they did last night. Here are a few things I will keep my eye on in this game.
In Wednesday night’s episode, a shot of the team’s roster board reveals an “X” next to quarterback Kellen Clemens’ name. And “X” apparently marks the spot — as in the loss of a roster spot.
The disclosure comes at a time when the Jets are believed to be hoping to trade Clemens, a second-round pick in 2006. So with Clemens possibly on the cut list, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will give up anything of value for Clemens — unless another team wants to trade for his $1.176 million contract in lieu of trying to sign him as a free agent.
I know the Jets love the attention, but to me this is an example of how more bad than good can come from inviting this type of scrutiny.
(Sports Network) - A preseason of great drama will continue for two teams on Friday night, when the New York Jets play host to the Washington Redskins in the third preseason tilt for each club.
For the Jets, much of the soap opera has been of their own making, given the team's decision to be profiled on HBO's critically acclaimed "Hard Knocks" documentary series this summer. But Rex Ryan's team has certainly given the network its money's worth, with cornerback Darrelle Revis' contract holdout, the somewhat slow development of quarterback Mark Sanchez, and Ryan's rampant profanity (and the criticism of it) garnering a lion's share of the attention.
Sanchez and the first-string offense struggled mightily, with the second-year pro finishing 5-of-10 for 12 yards in the loss. The Jets offensive line also allowed five sacks in the contest.
The Jets' first-team is expected to see its most extensive action of the preseason on Friday night, and will try to shake off its Carolina failure.
Meanwhile, Washington will be without its highest-profile first-teamer on Friday, as quarterback Donovan McNabb went down with an ankle injury in last Saturday's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and will not play against the Jets.
Quarterback Rex Grossman, who has compiled an impressive 97.7 passer rating during the 2010 preseason to date, is expected to get the start for the Redskins.
The big story for Washington defensively will be the potential availability of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, whose ongoing war with the team and head coach Mike Shanahan continued last week.
The $100 million former Pro Bowler was benched for the entire first half against the Ravens, and railed on Shanahan and his handling of Haynesworth's medical condition in a postgame interview.
Haynesworth has participated in fewer than half of the Redskins' practices since training camp opened, and it was revealed (though not by the team) following the Baltimore game that the tackle is suffering from the muscle condition rhabdomyolysis.
In addition to McNabb, fullback Mike Sellers (knee), wide receiver Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) and safety Kareem Moore (knee) are expected to be absent from the Washington lineup on Friday.
The all-time preseason series between the Redskins and Jets is knotted, 4-4, with Washington evening the series by virtue of a 13-10 road victory in the last such meeting, prior to the 2008 season.
Washington was a 23-20 road overtime winner when the clubs met for a meaningful contest, during the 2007 regular season.