Jets edge Colts in preseason opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Michael Vick got some hearty cheers as he took the field in his New York Jets debut, and then showed the fans he still can make a few plays.
Vick led the Jets on a touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson’s 1-yard scoring run, in a 13-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Andrew Luck made what amounted to a cameo appearance, playing in just one efficient drive for the Colts, going 4 of 5 for 53 yards and leading Indianapolis to a field goal in his brief stint.
Rookie free agent Andrew Furney kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:08 left to put the Jets ahead in a game that appeared headed for overtime. Ikemefuna Enemkpali sacked Chandler Harnish in the closing minute and A.J. Edds recovered the fumble, sealing the win for New York.
Geno Smith, looking to retain his starting job with the Jets in his second season, was 4 of 6 for 33 yards in his two series with the first-team offense — including a drive capped by a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk that hit the crossbar and bounced over — before giving way to Vick.
The 34-year-old backup jogged onto the field to a nice ovation from the crowd at MetLife Stadium and moved the starting offense for the Jets down the field against the Colts’ second-team defense.
The 14-play drive tied it at 10, and while it came mostly against backups on defense, Vick showed his elusiveness — running for 15 yards on one play, in which he broke a tackle and eluded a few would-be attempts. He also converted on fourth-and-4 at the 8, hitting Tommy Bohanon for 6 yards to set up Johnson’s touchdown.
The Jets were also helped by two 15-yard penalties: a facemask on Josh Gordy, and an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Sergio Brown, who took the helmet of Jets lineman Willie Colon and tossed it after Colon and Indianapolis defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton got into it on the field.
Pendleton left a few plays later with a knee injury.
Vick went three-and-out on his next possession with the Jets’ backups, ending with a sack by Cam Johnson. He took a knee on the final play before halftime, ending his night. Vick was 3 of 6 for 17 yards, and also ran three times for 19 yards.
Luck got the Colts to the Jets 10 on the game’s opening drive when he beat a blitz and hit T.Y. Hilton for 17 yards. After a defensive offside call on Calvin Pace put the ball at the 3, Trent Richardson lost 2 yards. On third-and-goal, the snap by rookie center Jonotthan Harrison — playing after starter Khaled Holmes injured an ankle — floated past Luck’s head for a 16-yard loss. Adam Vinatieri then kicked a 39-yarder to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead.
That was it for Luck, who gave way to veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck helped put the Colts ahead 10-3 on their next possession, tossing a swing pass to Daniel Herron, who beat rookie linebacker Jeremiah George and zipped into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard catch by rookie Donte Moncrief, who beat Dimitri Patterson.
Hasselbeck nearly led the Colts to another scoring drive right before halftime, but Vinatieri pushed a 29-yard attempt wide left to keep it tied at 10. Hasselbeck finished 10 of 15 for 114 yards and the score.
The Colts were without Reggie Wayne, who is coming back from a torn ACL that shortened his season a year ago. Cornerback Vontae Davis, safety LaRon Landry and running back Ahmad Bradshaw also didn’t play.
Safety Calvin Pryor, the Jets’ first-round draft pick, did not play — as expected — while New York eases him back from a concussion. He was cleared for physical activity, but coach Rex Ryan said Pryor would play in the second preseason game. Also among those who didn’t play for the Jets were running back Bilal Powell and wide receiver Greg Salas.
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