The New York Jets finish up their preseason schedule tonight as they travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles. This is a chance for those who haven't gotten a ton of reps to get some playing time and an opportunity for those still left on the fringe of the roster to win jobs. The starters will rest, but there's still plenty of intrigue heading into tonight's final preseason game.
What to Watch For:
Will the New York Jets finally score a preseason touchdown? Sure, it's preseason and sure, it wouldn't be the starters, but you have to think the Jets offense wants to get in the end zone at least once before the regular season starts. Or do they? Given the way the general media seems to blow everything out of proportion, a touchdown pass from Greg McElroy against the Philadelphia Eagles second and third team defense would probably be more than enough ammunition for another manufactured quarterback controversy.
Jason Smith: Last week we were watching Austin Howard and he performed extremely well. He will likely play tonight as well and is worth watching, but a new face probably warrants a more discerning eye. Newly acquired right tackle Jason Smith was the No. 2 selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, talented but very disappointing so far. The Jets essentially made a no-risk move by trading Wayne Hunter for him and tonight we will get a peek at what Jason Smith can offer. The Jets are hoping he can fill the sixth man role along the offensive line.
More Cuts Coming: The majority of players playing in tonight's game aren't safe from being cut. Some are, like Greg McElroy and some of the other reserves who help out on special teams and provide depth, but most of the players who will suit up tonight are fighting for a spot on the roster. Who will make the plays necessary to be a part of the 2012 New York Jets?
Spencer Lanning vs. T.J. Conley: It seemed the punting job was gift-wrapped for T.J. Conley when the Jets cut Travis Baltz, but then the team picked up Spencer Lanning. It's safe to assume that Spencer Lanning would have to put forth a phenomenal night to unseat T.J. Conley at this point, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
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