What to Look For Against the Giants
Lost in all the contract drama surrounding the Jets and Darrelle Revis is the fact that the Jets open the 2010 Preseason in less than a
week when they host the New York Giants at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
While its only week 1 there are always a few interesting things to look at during the preseason and this is the week where the
no name players get their chance to make some type of impact and improve their chances of staying on the team.
So lets take a glance at some of the things to look for this week.
Can QB Kevin O 'Connell stake a claim to the 3rd QB spot?
The Jets need to decide who to carry as their third QB and this is O 'Connell 's first real chance to state his case. Though O 'Connell was on the team last season he was not in camp with the Jets and most weeks was inactive. He caught a huge break when Eric Ainge had to check into rehab and now gets his chance to show that he has NFL potential; The Jets may want to get an early look at O 'Connell and let him play catch with Santonio Holmes and Laveranues Coles for a series or two. If he plays well it could put Kellen Clemens in a tough spot.
Is this WR David Clowney 's last stand?
The well know receiver looks to be on thin ice with the team. The fact that the Jets brought back Coles rather than promoting Clowney to fill in for four weeks speaks volumes about where Clowney ranks on the depth chart. If Clowney cant do anything this week or is barely even used on offense it will be clear that his only way to make it is on special teams.
What role does the team give RB Danny Woodhead
Woodhead was the feelgood story of camp last season and could possibly be a Hard Knocks focus due to his small stature. He 's going to have to fight to make it with a roster now loaded with skill position players. Where the Jets use him will give an idea of if he has a chance to make it again
Does OL Robert Turner get into a scrap with the Giants?
Turner has been a steady part of the Jets offense for the last two seasons , but was limited by injury last year and not even considered as a replacement for G Alan Faneca. He 's started two fights in camp already and the rumor is he is on edge as he knows his roster spot may not be safe. Mix that in with the fact that the Giants seems on edge about the Jets in general and you might have a little fight for the cameras.
Is FB john Conner for real?
Reports out of camp are that Conner hits like a ton of bricks and looks to be a real find in the draft. There is a big difference between practice and live game action and if he can blow up a few Giants it might make Tony Richardson expendable and open up an extra roster spot.
How do Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson play against the Giants?
Eli Manning probably will not play for very long , but the Giants like to throw the football and will likely look to get a bit of a workout in for a series or two. The coach has been pumping up the play of Cromartie like there is no tomorrow and now its time to see if its for real. If Manning drives the offense right over Cromartie and Wilson , Revis ' negotiating levarage takes a huge leap.
Do LB 's Kenwinn Cummings and Jamaal Westerman stand out?
These two UDFA 's have made their marks in preseasons in the past and are hoping to continue that success as they make a play for real playing time in 2010. Both players seem to lean on Bart Scott for advice and it should be interesting to see if both play well against the primary backups of the Giants. Westerman could be a pass rusher they need while Cummings could fill in for Scott and Harris , a position that the Jets really could not fill when Scott had the ankle injury.
How does the defensive end rotation work? The D-line is a real big question mark for the team and outside of DeVito and Ellis nothing is a given. Even though this is just a preseason game Vernon Gholston needs to get off to a fast start. The reports were positive from camp , but he did nothing in the live scrimmage all eyes will be focused on him. Matt Kroul , Ty Steinkuhler , and Ropati Pitoitua will all get chances to show the coaching staff something on Monday.
Can S Donovan Warren put his name into the mix?
Everyone knows that there still is a lot of uncertainty at the saftey position and Warren might be able to get his name into the mix with a strong start to the preseason. Warren has ability and has been singled out by the staff in camp and its time to see if that translates to the field.
Can Tanner Purdum snap the football?
It has been a long time since James Dearth has not been long snapping for the Jets and the Jets have been used to a relatively reliable player at the position. If Purdum has issues with the snap dont be shocked if the team gets Dearth on the phone.
Just how bad is Nick Folk?
Is this the Folk who can neither kick the ball off nor make a field goal or is this the guy that made the Pro Bowl a few years back. Kickers don 't get better or worse as the season progresses and if you get a bad start for Folk , lets just say the Jets better start making phone calls right away.
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