Jets WR Jermaine Kearse led the receivers in his first game with the team on Sunday against the Bills.
Kearse, who was traded to the Jets from the Seahawks for Sheldon Richardson, saw eight targets, the most to a receiver from QB Josh McCown throughout the game. Head coach Todd Bowles said he liked what he saw from his newest wideout, but he will go back and watch the film to see what he can improve on.
"I'll watch the tape," Bowles told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "I know he had some catches, but that doesn't tell the story of the whole game. You have to watch the tape and evaluate the whole performance. It just doesn't go off of big plays."
Kearse caught seven of his eight targets for total 59 yards with an 18-yard gain his longest catch of the day. However, his performance doesn't matter to him if the team doesn't see a tally in the win column.
"I mean I don't feel too great because we lost, but this is the first time the offense has been playing together in a game," Kearse said. "So the only direction we can go is up. I felt that we had some good drives out there."
Other Jets getting their first regular season time with the team were tight ends Eric Tomlinson and Will Tye as well as WR ArDarius Stewart. Tomlinson hauled in two catches for 25 yards, but an elbow injury would see Tye at tight end the rest of the game. Though Tye had three catches for 34 yards, including a 21-yard grab up the seam, he wasn't the most effective blocker as that isn't his skill set.
"Will was breaking the huddle asking some things and you have to expect that," McCown said. "It's unfortuante that Eric Tomlinson got banged up a little bit and that pushed Tye into a different role."
Stewart, the Jets' third round pick out of Alabama in this year's draft, looked to have his first career touchdown when he vaulted toward the end zone and knocked the pylon over with the ball. However, he stepped out of bounds at the two-yard line. He finished with two catches for 10 yards.
Robby Anderson finished the day with four catches for 22 yards as well.
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In his first game as a Jet, Kearse had a good performance, leading the team with seven catches for 59 yards. He's only surpassed seven catches once in his career. Four of Kearse's receptions went for first downs, including two third down conversions. He was only unsuccessfully targeted twice, on a wide throw and an end zone fade that was broken up. >> Read more about the performance of the receivers and the rest of the offense in Bent's Game Analysis.