New York Jets vs. New York Giants: Players to Watch


Aug 16, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback

Geno Smith

(7) stands on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The “Snoopy Bowl” is almost here. Tomorrow night, Geno Smith, Eric Decker, and the rest of our New York Jets take on their roommates, Eli Manning and the New York Giants. It’s the third preseason game, so it is the one that most resembles a regular season game, as the starters play into the third quarter.

When the Jets and Giants do battle, the teams always get after each other. There is just a different feel as the two teams battle for the bragging rights here in New York. It should be a good one to watch, that’s for sure. Here are some of the guys I will be watching:

GENO SMITH: Rex Ryan said he is not ready to announce the week one starter yet. He hinted that he might know who it is, but just isn’t ready to announce it. Whether we believe him, or how much we believe, is up for debate. Until the announcement is made, Geno will be someone to watch during the preseason. We really want to see him generate a succession of good drives with the first team. Cohesion is something we finally need to get going with the first team.

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And, we lost a quarterback during this game last season. Hopefully we won’t have that happen again.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Jets have a lot of bodies at the position, but nobody really stepping up to start along with Eric Decker. Jeremy Kerley is best suited in the slot, so somebody needs to step up and be the “guy” on the outside. Could it be David Nelson? Stephen Hill? Someone else? It would be nice to start seeing someone emerge tomorrow night.

ANTONIO ALLEN: As the days go by, the more and more I think that Allen is going to be a key to the New York Jets’ success. I don’t see an answer coming from the cut downs from other teams. Allen’s ability to play cornerback is going to be huge. After a good performance against the Bengals, we need to see him back it up with another good game against the Giants tomorrow.

CALVIN PRYOR: This guy is quickly becoming my favorite member of the New York Jets. I know he only played in one game, but it was a fun one. He threw the body around all game. I want to see him do it again tomorrow, and show the world that he is here to stay.

RYAN QUIGLEY/JACOB SCHUM Is anyone going to step up and earn the job as Jets’ punter. Nobody has done it so far, and it doesn’t seem like John Idzik is jumping on the phone to get Zoltan Mesko. It will be one of these two guys, which one will win?

So, who are you watching tomorrow night?