On Saturday night the New York Jets play in their second preseason game vs the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. After scoring their first victory of the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts 13-10, the Jets look to build off of their solid start.
Last season the Jets played the Bengals in the regular season and it turned out to be their worst loss of 2013. They were trounced 49-9, and rookies Dee Milliner and Geno Smith were both benched in favor of backups. The benching caused many to believe that the pair of Jets rookies were not cut out for the NFL. Geno and the Jets will be looking for a bit of revenge tonight, although the stakes may not be as high as they were last season.
With injuries to Milliner, McDougle, and Patterson, the secondary is up for grabs. A few corners to keep your eye on are Kyle Wilson, Ras-I Dowling, Antonio Allen, and rookie Brandon Dixon. All of them have a serious chance of making an immediate impact. Keep an eye on Dixon as he gets his first legitimate shot to show the coaches what he has to offer.
Another player to watch is QB Tahj Boyd. Rumor has it he will get to see his first NFL action in tonight's game. Boyd and QB Matt Simms will be vying for the third string QB position on the roster. Currently Simms is the more polished quarterback and has the upper hand, but Boyd was hand picked by Rex in the 2014 NFL Draft, so it's anyone's guess who might win the job.
The last major position battle to watch in tonight's game is between the running backs. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory are penciled into sharing the carries come week one, but the depth of the position is very strong. Bilal Powell proved to be a viable option out of the backfield in 2013 when called upon, but Daryl Richardson and Alex Green will push Powell for reps. Maybe one of the Jets deepest positions on the roster, they will not be able to keep five running backs so one of them needs to step up their game tonight.
The Jets look to go to 2-0 this preseason. The starters are reportedly going to be playing close to a full half, so we should see them for an extended period of time. The second half will prove to be just as important as the first, as many pivotal players will need to make their case to everyone for the chance to play come final cut down day.
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