What to Expect in Game Four: Eagles at Jets

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By Jordan Aaron

Game four of the preseason for many people is a waste of time due to the lack of starters playing. But amidst a rebuild season as well as a camp filled with “competition,” this game should be quite interesting – maybe even as interesting as the other three.

Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Mark Sanchez all are not playing due to injury, or preservation. Clearly, Rex will not risk injuring Geno after his decision to put Sanchez in the game. We will get to see Matt Simms again, who shocked me last week with his leadership and game managing skills, but his arm still looked like a loose cannon – not to mention that he was also playing against a third string defense. We will also get to see the new Quarterback addition Graham Harrell. I will promise that he will be a cut. He is only there because Simms would be the only eligible quarterback to play game four.

With all the action of competition, we come to the Jets’ weakest position: wide receiver. Starting receivers will be Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill with Jeremy Kerley in the slot, or some form of those three. But there are two receivers on the bubble at the moment that could be huge underdogs. These players would be Zach Rogers and Ryan Spadola. Zach Rogers has shown his skill at receiving and returning in this preseason, but hasn’t exactly shown the wow factor. He may be put on the practice squad or cut if he doesn’t impress, so watch him for a possible show as he tries to work for a spot. Ryan Spadola is another example of a little guy making it big. Three games into the preseason he is already being compared to former Jet receiver, Wayne Chrebet.

While Spadola may not be the speediest receiver, he has good hands and is consistent; something the struggling Jets couldn’t find if they fell over it last year. You may remember his catch from Matt Simms against the Giants last week where he moved the ball for huge yardage. While there may be many safe players on the defense, one injury-ridden safety will look to impress the Jets. Rontez Miles, since being signed as an undrafted free agent, has had many injuries and hasn’t been able to shine for coaches, so this is the most important time for him. He will need to show all of his talent and potential as a hard- hitting safety because at this point, it is now or never.

It will be interesting to see how bubble players respond to this pressure as for some players, it could mean the end of their careers, and for others, a lousy start to a new one. Be prepared for a night of intense emotion from the young and old tonight in the final game of the preseason.


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