On Saturday night the intensity in training camp will increase as the New York Jets take part in the "Green and White" scrimmage. The practice, which begins at 7 p.m. on the campus of SUNY Cortland, will feature live, hard hitting action as the Jets try to simulate game situations. For many players this scrimmage will be their first true chance to distinguish themselves as they try to make the 53-man roster.
With Jace Amaro enduring the growing pains of the NFL along with a minor knee injury, tight end Zach Sudfeld has emerged as a player to keep an eye on. Sudfeld, who stands at 6'7, is a huge target that could be a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses, especially in the redzone . Now the question is whether or not Zach can continue to shine when the pads start popping.
The New York Jets have been practicing without first round pick Calvin Pryor as the rookie has been dealing with a concussion. With Pryor out, several young players have taken advantage of the increased playing time as they try to stake their claim for a roster spot. Josh Bush, Jaiquawn Jarrett, and Rontez Miles have all been mentioned by head coach Rex Ryan for their playmaking ability. Can one of these young players land on the final roster?
The Jets have some serious battles going on at the wide receiver position as it seems like a different player impresses each day. Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates, Greg Salas, Saalim Hakim, and Shaq Evans could be competing for only two spots as Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Jalen Saunders, and David Nelson are locks to make the team. Who will emerge under the bright lights of the preseason?
The New York Jets backfield is loaded with talent as there are four capable running backs competing for playing time. Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson are a lock to make the team, while Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson remain in a dogfight for the third spot. Could the Jets keep all 4 backs on the final roster if Richardson and Powell continue to play well?
The battle at the left guard position has been receiving a lot of attention as Brian Winters and Oday Aboushi have been splitting reps. Many believe Winters will secure the job, but Aboushi continues to receive praise from Rex Ryan. Who will raise their game under the duress of the attacking Jets defense?
It is quite obvious that the New York Jets have significantly improved the overall depth of their roster. There is a very good chance that some quality players will be cut as the preseason plays out. When was the last time you said that about a Jets team during training camp?