Mike Nash checks in with three guys we should be watching as the Jets check out of Cortland and move on with the preseason.
Chris Ivory- If you have read my recent posts, it is quite obvious that I am a big fan of the former Saint running back Chris Ivory. Ivory posses a great combination of speed and power that I truly believe will result in a great season for the Jets. So far in camp, Ivory has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has limited him up to this point. According to him, he is 100 % healthy and is ready to get back on the field Saturday night against the Jaguars. At this point, Mike Goodson is nowhere to be found, and John Griffin is out for the year with an injury suffered in the first preseason game against the Lions. The Jets desperately need Ivory to step up this season. Ivory is a guy to watch as we get closer and closer to week 1 vs the Bucs.
Santonio Holmes- Does anybody know what is going on with Santonio Holmes at this point? About a week ago it looked like a safe bet that Holmes would start the season on the PUP list, and miss at least the first 6 games of the 2013 season. But this past week a video was leaked by a fan showing Tone running along the sidelines and reports started coming out that maybe Tone is farther ahead in his rehab than we know. It is safe to say the Jets are hoping he is available ASAP. Is it possible that Holmes is ready by week 1? At this point, it is hard to say either way, but it is a very positive sign that Holmes is out there running. Having him back would be huge for the Jets. Holmes is a proven number 1 receiver who will instantly help the offense. With Stephen Hill improving more and more each day, a 1-2 combo of Holmes and Hill is a solid duo for whoever the QB is this year.
Antonio Allen/ Jaiquawn Jarrett- These two safeties are battling it out for the starting safety spot opposite veteran Dawan Landry. Before training camp, it seemed that Josh Bush was the favorite for it, but at this point it seems that Bush will serve as Landry’s backup instead. So far, Jarrett is having a tremendous camp and has received praise from many coaches. The former 2nd round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles is hoping to rejuvenate his career for the Jets. Allen on the other hand is a former 7th round pick, who had an impressive season last year in limited action. This year, even if he does not win the job, look for Allen to still have an important role on the defense, and on special teams. Both Jarrett and Allen are guys to definitely keep an eye on as the preseason continues on. If I had to make a bold guess, I would say Jarrett is in line to win the starting job.
These are just some of the players to keep an eye on as we continue to get closer to the start of the season. Who are some players you are watching?