The New York Jets versus the Philadelphia Eagles. These men have always haunted the Jets as Gang Green is currently 0-10 against them during the regular season. Preseason is a different story though. The Eagles will be sitting most of their starters and the same will go for the Jets. So the appearance of the praised rookie could be nil to keep him healthy to play in Motown on Monday. It won’t be as exciting as the first game of the regular season but it still has some interesting storylines:
WR vs WR
The Jets have Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enuwa and Terrelle Pryor all locked in. That means a lot of WRs will be on the bubble and the leader of the pack is Tre McBride, who has been proving his worth this offseason. Chad Hansen looks good in practice but has played little during an actual game and ArDarius Stewart doesn’t need to have a map to see that he is in a creek somewhere without a paddle.
Rookie RB vs Veteran RB
With Elijah McGuire out for a good chunk of time veteran running backs Thomas Rawls and a new sign, Charcandrick West will be squaring off against rookies George Atkinson and Trenton Cannon. Whoever has the best running and not the fastest feet could win. Rawls has not been doing that great on the limited snaps he has seen this offseason and Cannon has been a good kick returner as well as a good running back but he needs to work on ball control if he wants to secure this spot.
With Jordan Jenkins, Avery Williamson, Darron Lee and Josh Martin keeping their jobs it is a toss-up for the rest of the linebackers in this core. Dylan Donahue, Anthony Wint and David Bass are fighting for a spot now that Frankie Luvu is showing he could be more. Donahue could be a great talent if he could pull his act together and focus and Bass could still make the team if he shows pass rushing talent and not just as a run stop/yard stopper. Bass needs to prove he can get in and take out the QB or force an incompletion instead of stopping small yardage gains.
QB vs QB
Wait, what? What do you mean QB vs QB? Didn’t they just trade Teddy Bridgewater away? Well, yes, the Jets did but this is about the former second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg versus the Jets QB they have brought in John Wolford.
Hackenberg claims this not a revenge game for him but we all know better he wants to show out for the Eagles and the Jets. Show the Eagles what they have gained and could keep and show to the Jets what they have lost. Hackenberg was part of the unfortunate circumstance that gave him no play time and all that bad juju last season. Wolford a rookie is looking to make something of his first (and probably only this season) start in the NFL trying to make a good impression.