New York Jets: Five Things To Watch for in the Preseason Finale
The Jets are entering their final preseason game against the Eagles tonight, and there is plenty to watch out for.
Here is what to look for in the Jets' preseason finale.
The Two Left Guards
The two left guards were both criticized on Hard Knocks on Wednesday, so it will be interesting to see how they respond. Matt Slauson will take most of the snaps, as he will be the starter for Week One. He will most likely play between 2-3 quarters.
Vladimir Ducasse, on the other hand, has been under-performing and hasn't quite adjusted to the NFL just yet. He was recently scrutinized badly on Hard Knocks by GM Mike Tennanbaum. So, watch if he can bounce back or if he continues to make mistakes on the O-line.
John Connor—The Terminator—has been really turning heads this offseason. He is known for his bone-crushing blocks and his quick development at fullback.
The Jets have been using him in special teams, so keep your eye out for him and see if he can take out more players this week. They also will use him more on offense, since it will be more about the second and third stringers rather then the starters.
Offensive Play Calling
Mark Sanchez will reportedly make some play calls on offense.
Rex Ryan has a tradition of doing this and used to do this with the Ravens defense, letting Ray Lewis and Ed Reed call plays in the preseason. It will be interesting to see if Sanchez can make good play calls and how they will turn out.
Gholston has been really improving this offseason and looking good at defensive end. So far, the move from linebacker to defensive end is looking like a very smart change for Gholston.
If Vernon can make a good enough impression in this last preseason game, he might take a decent amount of snaps in the first regular season game.
Chauncey Washington vs. Danny Woodhead
These two running backs are battling for a spot on the 53-man roster, and only one can make it.
Washington has performed well, showing power and the ability to contribute on special teams by forcing a fumble vs. the Panthers.
Woodhead has shown amazing speed and he has great hands. He could be a hybrid player for the Jets.
I think eventually Woodhead will get the spot and Washington will get signed to the practice squad. It could go either way, though.
This game is going to be a major factor in who makes the team and who doesn't.
So, what do you think?
Will Washington and/or Woodhead make the squad? Will Ducasse be able to bounce back after being exposed on Hard Knocks? Can Slauson be a good fit at left guard?
Let me know down below!
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