Week two of the Jets’ preseason is here, as the Jets face the Washington Redskins tonight. For some, it may be their last game in the Green and White. Which players have the most to lose tonight? Find out here:
The Entire Team
The Jets/Redskins joint practices got ugly. There were continuous fights throughout the week between the two teams, especially the Jets defense and the Redskins offense. The Jets need to make a statement tonight. They need to play physical, and dominate. They’re no longer a team to be messed with. It’s time to prove that tonight.
The Redskins will have the same mentality. It’ll be all about which team wants it more. Tonight will be gritty, physical, and probably dirty. And the Jets should be eager to get onto the field and hit someone.
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— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 12, 2018
ArDarius Stewart/Chad Hansen
Last week, 12 different players caught a pass. None of those 12 were named ArDarius Stewart or Chad Hansen. The two sophomore receivers are members of a packed group of receivers with everyone trying to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. After watching the first preseason game, I can’t say either of these two are safe. Charles Johnson and Tre McBride both played well. I could see those two take Stewart and Hansen’s spots if they continue to perform.
Although being particularly quiet in the preseason opener, Hansen has had a good training camp. Coaches have been impressed with his performance in practice. As for Stewart, he’s just been quiet across the board. If he wants to secure a roster spot, he’s going to need to step on the gas.
Dimitri Flowers/Lawrence Thomas
The Jets have a fullback battle on their hands. Yes, a real, legitimate fullback battle. Both Lawrence Thomas and Dimitri Flowers were quiet during their first game, but all it will take is two or three plays to have an edge in the battle. It’s up to these two to make their names heard among the coaches.
Thomas, the converted defensive lineman, played fullback last year and played satisfactory. Flowers, the UDFA from Oklahoma, has much more upside. Flowers can catch, block, and run, and do them all well. Has he shown that yet? Unfortunately, not really. He’s going to have to show it soon if he wants to make the roster.
Dylan Donahue’s trouble with the law has put him in serious jeopardy on the roster. Continuous legal troubles keep piling on for Donahue, and the sky hasn’t gotten brighter yet. He’s going to have to ball out to secure his spot, and potentially even win over the starting job.
So far this preseason, he’s played the part. He racked up 3 tackles and a sack in the opener against Washington. If he stays healthy and continues to play at a high level, not only will he make the team, but he may very well be a starter come Monday night in Detroit.