4. The defense and special teams were uneven, going through a lot of ups and downs.
Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson wasn’t bothered much, going 9-of-11 for 128 yards and two TDs, both to tight end Tyler Kroft as the Jets’ starters produced probably like they should against a mostly reserve group.
But the run defense rose to the occasion a couple of times in short yardage. It also stopped the Jets after the Taylor fumble to force a field goal with the help of a sack of backup QB Mike White by rookie lineman T.J. Slaton.
“T.J.’s a really talented player and he’s got a lot to learn,” LaFleur said. “I think it’s just going to come down to how consistent can he be? When he plays with great technique and fundamentals, he’s pretty darn good. The talent’s there, but it’s got to be down in and down out.”
That’s the same refrain about the special teams, which allowed a 73-yard kickoff return right after Sternberger’s TD, leading to the Jets’ go-ahead score. Then again, rookie safety Christian Uphoff beat two Jets to make the tackle on a punt late in the game, a highlight-reel play in the third phase.
Punter JK Scott had a 21-yard shank sandwiched between strong kicks of 49 and 51 yards. Begelton had a punt return of 28 yards and running back Dexter Williams ran a kickoff back 32 yards, but there was little else to like about the Packers’ four other returns in the game.
“We have to do a better job on our coverage units,” LaFleur said. “Our coaches know that.
“I thought there were some good moments, but again, it comes down to consistency.”
5. The Lambeau crowd needs to understand situations better.
Yes, it’s only preseason, and LaFleur prefaced his comment by saying how much he loves Packers fans. But he’d prefer that Benkert not have to quiet a “Go Pack Go” chant on a big third-down play, and for the crowd not to do the wave when Green Bay is on offense.
“I’d rather see that when we’re on defense,” LaFleur said. “But no, we love our fans, but we will definitely try to get some more instruction.”
That could include video board messages from the players, so stay tuned.