Five Things To Watch Tonight: New York Jets @ Detroit Lions


Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) watches quarterback Geno Smith (7) throw a pass during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Our own JetSerious stops in to take a look at what he is looking for in tonight’s game

1. Mark & Geno (no surprise)Mark is getting the start, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does. Personally, I think Mark is going to kill it. He plays well indoors, with no wind, where he once beat Peyton Manning in a playoff game. This is in Detroit, but that’s not the point…Geno Smith will get reps with the 1’s and the 2’s, so it should be fun to see him spin it for the first time in his career as a New York Jet. Although it’s only an exhibition game, it’s a tight battle at Quarterback. So let the competition begin!

2. Young DThe Jets Defensive Line is the strength of this football team. With Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Kendrick Ellis, the Jets have an athletic bunch to rotate in the interior of the DL. Quinton Coples will be a great player to watch. How will he play at Outside Linebacker? How often will he have his hands in the dirt? These questions will be answered early on in the game.Antwan Barnes is an addition at OLB, from San Diego, and will be another name to watch for.

3. Wide OutsEvery Jets fan would LOVE for Stephen Hill to be a #1 WR. If he is as good as he says he is, he will make a huge impact tonight. Kerley will be his same self, but let’s see how Clyde Gates does. He is having an excellent camp to date, and needs to have a big game (for both Mark & Geno). I am a Ben Obamanu fan, so I’m rooting for him to make a few catches tonight. If you are unfamiliar with Obamanu, he is a former Seahawk. He’ll be wearing #15. Also, Ryan Spadola will be running routes, and has reportedly had a great camp thus far.

4. SecondaryWith Dee Milliner sitting this one out, we’re going to focus on the Safety position. Will Antonio Allen show enough to prove he’s the guy? We know Dawan Landry will ultimately start, but Bush is crucial. He is slotted as the starter, opposite Landry on the depth chart. He has to prove to the coaching staff, media, and the fans that he can be a quality safety in this league. (No pressure)

5. KickingNick Folk is back and doing work. But he has competition in Billy Cundiff. Remember him? He missed the game-winning field goal in the AFC Championship game in New England. I was so mad at him that day. Anyway, he’s a decent kicker, and great competition for Folk. Just like the QB competition, we have to let things play out, as fans. Sit back and root for the JETS!

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