Ellis Lankster Leads Jets Defense and Other NFL Notes From Friday Night
Ellis Lankster had 6 tackles all of last season for the New York Jets. In the Jets first preseason game against the Bengals, Lankster had 6 tackles to lead the Jets defense.
Lankster has been one of the most talked about players in Jets’ camp so far because the effort he put in during the offseason to build strength, conditioning and knowledge from coaches. It carried over to the Preseason opener at Paul Brown Stadium.
Across the field from Lankster were a pair of former Mountaineers on the Bengals’ sideline. Adam Pacman Jones lined up at the beginning of the game as the #3 corner for the Bengals and was solid in coverage. He has nursed leg injuries during camp.
Robert Sands provided a highlight play near the end of the first half when it appeared he blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown. After further review, it may have been Dan Skuta instead that blocked the kick. Sands ended the game with 2 tackles and a hurry on Tim Tebow.
Two rookie Mountaineers made their debuts with the Tampa Bay Bucs against Steve Slaton and the Miami Dolphins. Najee Goode and Keith Tandy had solid games in the Bucs victory over the Dolphins recording 3 tackles a piece. (Editor’s Note: I had to resist the urge to name this article “Goode Debut”)
Slaton had 2 carries in the game for 4 yards as Miami relied heavily on the pass.
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