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1. Last season, this was a good “get well” game for the Jets heading into the regular season, as the offense finally clicked and the defense broke out with a few big plays. It has been an up down first two games and preseason hysteria is generally unnecessary but a few prolonged scoring drives led by Ryan Fitzpatrick would be encouraging to see tonight, along with a big play or two from the starting defense. The Jets won’t be at full strength but enough key parts are suiting up tonight where this should be a decent enough dress rehearsal and a good test for an evolving Jets offensive line and a young group of linebackers.
2. Speaking of the Jets offensive line, it is seeming more and more likely Ben IJalana or Brent Qvale could start out the season at right tackle, while Breno Giacomini either goes to the PUP list or is released. On the positive side, how much worse could Ijalana or Qvale be? On the negative side, at least Giacomini has experience and chemistry with the current group and the depth takes a further hit with him out of the lineup. Based on pedigree, Ijalana has a higher upside than Qvale but the reps still feel fairly wide open at right tackle.
3. You will still see Erin Henderson utilized in certain early down situations but Darron Lee is starting to seem more and more like the primary guy at inside linebacker next to David Harris. The Jets are going to mix and match a ton at linebacker this year, with all 7-9 rostered players seeing usage in their multiple personnel groups.
4. Right now, if I had to guess the order of total receptions for Jets receivers in the 2016 season here is the list. It gets v-e-r-y cloudy after number 5 because 6 and 7 are right on the roster bubble:
- Brandon Marshall
- Eric Decker
- Matt Forte
- Bilal Powell
- Quincy Enunwa
- Jace Amaro
- Kenbrell Thompkins
5. Yes, I think Amaro ultimately sticks mainly because the Jets don’t have enough at the Y or H to cut a player with his natural talent level.
6. I don’t freak out about the Jets tight end position because they barely use a traditional tight end. Since Enunwa plays H in their base set, you see a traditional Y for somewhere between 30-35% of the snaps, who is minimally used in the passing game. This is why the Jets don’t invest at the position or focus on it in the draft.
7. When the Jets open the season in their base nickel defense, my money is still on Darrelle Revis and Marcus Williams on the outside with Buster Skrine in the slot.
8. There has been plenty of hand wringing about the Jets schedule but they have a fair opportunity to negate concerns by starting 2-0. The Bengals are coming to MetLife shorthanded and with a quarterback who hasn’t taken a meaningful snap in an extended period of time and the Bills…the Jets are just due to beat a team who hasn’t been a playoff team this century and won’t be a playoff team this year.
9. One man’s guess at Matt Forte’s stat line this year: 900 rushing yards, 650 receiving yards, 7 total touchdowns.
10. There is no right answer for the Jets at the quarterback position, with how they have currently constructed their depth chart. They can either:
- Keep 4 quarterbacks, which is poor roster management.
- Practice squad or release Bryce Petty, which means they gave up on their 4th round pick one year after moving up for him.
- Release Geno Smith, which leaves them without an experienced backup behind a 34 year old prone to injury.
- IR Christian Hackenberg, which limits practice time he desperately needs.
11. As the last man on Devin Smith Island, my hope is he develops into a productive situational player in the second half of the season.
12. If you are looking for Jets players who will go lower than they should in your fantasy draft: Bilal Powell and Eric Decker.
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