The Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 premiere was a little less hyped. Plus, Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 had to be different, as the Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 material moved away from last week’s issues. The talking points after the first outing were Darrelle Revis and Rex Ryan, since they’ve overshadowed Jets camp in general. But after the previous week showed off Ryan’s mouth, and how far away the Revis situation was from being settled, things had to be toned down. Indeed, the Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 footage moved away from Revis and Ryan, to focus on other elements of the team.
Mark Sanchez has almost been a forgotten man for the team, despite having such a big role. The second-year quarterback has to build on last year’s rookie season, while shaving off his interception numbers. But with the running game carrying the offense, and with Revis overshadowing all else this offseason, he hasn’t been much of a talking point.
For Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2, Sanchez got a share of early attention. Not all of it was good, as they replayed this week’s preseason loss to the Giants at the New Meadowlands. But Sanchez got a boost from backup Mark Brunell, who reminded him that his opening interception didn’t start the year.
The other parts of Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 that focused on the Giants game were less promising. Ryan got himself worked up over the defensive reserves, especially since they need to step up with Revis gone. Still, after Ryan’s mother chided him over his foul mouth from last week, he toned the swearing down a little bit this time.
In addition, the Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 footage was devoid of Revis talk, by and large. After both sides agreed to stop airing out their issues publicity, the blackout also spread to the show. This will ensure that the series won’t turn into the Revis show, like the majority of Jets camp had been until now.
Starting with this week, the Jets hope the miniseries will serve its original purpose. It was designed to show the team getting ready for a highly anticipated year, with Super Bowl hopes on the horizon. Publicly, that is the image being presented again, but the shadow of Revis won’t go away so easily.
With no Revis talk, Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 went on as normal, although it couldn’t have the fireworks of last week’s outing. Now that the holdout is off limits, Ryan is the undisputed star of the program – if his mother will approve of his script.
But the other Jets will try to shine, show their talents, and start turning around the headlines on and off the field in the weeks ahead. Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2 didn’t show them at their best on the field, but they’ll get another chance when they visit the Panthers on Saturday. Either way, HBO will show their footage of the results next Wednesday.
NJ.com- “Hard Knocks Jets Episode 2: ‘That’s not the year. It’s the preseason”
USA TODAY- “Jets QB Mark Sanchez stars in second episode of Hard Knocks”