Going into Week 4 of the preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, the likes of Mark Sanchez, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress (among others) will watch from the sidelines as their backups will fight for the remaining roster spots on a Jets team that still has some holes.
Whether or not Sanchez calls the plays in Philadelphia like he did last preseason, he will see Greg McElroy play the majority of the game under center with a surrounding cast of receivers, running backs, and offensive linemen who have yet to prove themselves. The same is true for a defense that will need to prove something to Rex Ryan about the depth of a team already without a proven pass rusher from the front line.
While money and draft order selection will play a role in who gets cut and who stays with the New York Jets, tough decisions will have to be made before Gang Green takes on the Dallas Cowboys at the new MetLife Stadium on opening day.
Here are four players who need to shine Week 4 to earn a spot on the Jets roster.