Guys getting healthy from injury will help as well. Jeremy Kerley is going to be a game time decision, and signs are good that Santonio Holmes will get on the field tonight as well, which will be huge for the Jets offense. For the offense to take flight, they need time working together as a group. Injuries are unfortunate, and have taken away that time. Getting Holmes and Mark Sanchez back together on the same field will only be a positive for the Jets. With more weapons, he will have an easier time getting the ball downfield.
We have a new starting right tackle, Austin Howard. Coach Ryan has not committed to this guy as the week one starter, but agreed that Austin has “earned his chance” to play with the first team. It will be interesting to watch and see if he earns the starting spot tonight.
CAN THE DEFENSE CONTAIN CAM NEWTON?
The mantra for the Jets defense is “one step faster”. So far that has served to be the case, especially against the run. Tonight, the Jets defense will face a big test in the Panthers second year QB, Cam Newton.
Cam Newton is a dangerous football player if he breaks contain, or in layman’s terms, gets outside the pocket. In his rookie season of 2011, he rushed for over 700 yards and 14 TDs. Clearly, he is a weapon with his legs. It will be a big test for this Jets starting defense to hold their assignments, keep Cam in the pocket, and make the tackles when he tries to break contain.
There are some of things we will be watching for tonight. Enjoy the game. Hopefully we all can.