Who will be the 2nd WR? Stephen Hill has gotten much better over the season, he's even gotten taller...Yet is he better than veteran David Nelson? This battle will be the most important for the Jets, because Jeremy Kerley will lineup as a slot receiver. I think going into the season Rex and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will have to go with the guy who plays best in the pre-season and who plays best in training camp practice. I believe that the Jets are going to go with Hill as the #2 guy going into week 1. For now we'll have to see who plays better.
Will Jace Amaro be productive? Tomorrow night will be the Jets first chance to see rookie TE Jace Amaro in action. From reports, he hasn't played well at all. He has dropped balls and has been unable to move at the "NFL pace". I think it will be an up and down season for Amaro, nevertheless he will get playing time because almost every NFL team uses two TE's now. Amaro in my mind will be a red zone threat, but for now lets just see how he does in live action.
How many RB's will the Jets use? Today it sounds like the Jets want to play with a "Three Headed Monster" which means they'll use RB's Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell, and Chris Ivory. The Giants back in 2007 and 2008 had the "Earth Wind and Fire" running backs. All three backs are hard to tackle, yet the Jets also have two great running backs in Alex Green and Daryll Richardson. Whoever plays best this pre-season will last, but with FB Tommy Bohanon, only 4 out of the 6 will last, maybe 5, but it doesn't look promising. This will be one of the most important battles of the pre-season.
On defense the only real question is who will be the other safety next to Calvin Pryor, the Jets 1st pick in this year's draft. Fans like Antonio Allen, the coaches like Allen, but also love Dawan Landry. This is another position that will go down whoever plays better.
Finally, the Jets have to prove that they can score with the first team offense. In theory the Jets 1st team offense will have 1 or 2 possessions in game 1, 2-5 in game 2, 5-8 in game 3, and 0 in game 4. So that's around 11 possessions, if they want to go into week 1 happy, or proven, they need to score at least 6 times. Geno needs to hold onto the ball, and the offense needs to score! It looks as though the Jets offense will be more productive and on the field more this season, we'll find out over the next month.
Jets vs Colts tomorrow night, 7:00 on CBS.