On Saturday night the New York Jets take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium (7:30 EST). Since this is the second preseason game the starters will play the first half of the game and there will be minimal game planning. Here are 5 things to keep an eye on from the Jets perspective.
1) Play of Mark Sanchez- It appears that Rex Ryan is leaning towards naming Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback for week one of the regular season. This is going to put a lot of pressure on Sanchez especially in front of a home crowd that is ready to run the signal caller out of town. Mark must continue to learn Marty Mornhinweg's offense while avoiding costly turnovers like the ridiculous interception for a touchdown he threw last week.
2) Battle for the starting safety spot- There is an excellent competition going on at the safety position where Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett are fighting for playing time. Both of these guys bring athletic ability and pop to the position now it is a matter of becoming consistent in terms of pass coverage.
3) The wide receiver competition- The Jets are still looking to fill out their wide receiver group as several players have a shot to make the team. Keep an eye on the play of Braylon Edwards, Ryan Spadola, Ben Obomanu, and Zach Rogers.
4) Running back by committee- There is a good chance that Chris Ivory will make his debut Saturday night for the New York Jets. Ivory has been battling an injury which has some concerned about the depth at the running back position. If Ivory is somewhat limited Bilal Powell, Kahlil Bell, and Chad Spann should see playing time.
5) Improved pass rush- Rex Ryan has been bragging about the speed and talent of his defense, now it is time to start displaying some of it. The Jets front seven must find ways to get to the quarterback without exotic blitz packages. At the linebacker position watch Quinton Coples, Antwan Barnes, Ricky Sapp, and Calvin Pace. On the defensive line Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson will look to dominate the line of scrimmage.