New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Players to Watch


Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end

Konrad Reuland

(88) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles free safety

Kurt Coleman

(42) after making a catch during the second half of a preseason game at Metlife Stadium. The Jets won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It’s week four of the preseason, the final tune up for the regular season for the New York Jets. Tomorrow night is the annual matchup of I-95, as our Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Geno Smith as well as many of the Jets’ starters will sit out, as is customary for week number three. The matchup of Michael Vick vs. Mark Sanchez will not take place either, as although Michael Vick will start for the Jets, Sanchez will not play for the Eagles.

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That doesn’t mean it isn’t a huge game for many other roster members of the Jets. Frankly, it is one of the bigger final preseason games in a while. There are a lot of decisions that Rex Ryan and company need to make. Here are some of the players I will be watching tomorrow night:

STEPHEN HILL: Everyone at the wide receiver position will be worth watching, but especially Stephen Hill. Can he finally play a consistent game, where he shows the Jets’ officials that he can make that next step as a downfield threat at wide receiver? Or, will tomorrow night be Hill’s final game with the New York Jets. He will get once more chance, it will be interesting to see how it goes.

LEFT GUARD: This one is another critical one. Brian Winters is not getting the job done. The other four spots are set, but the left side is still weak. Can Winters step up tomorrow night and cement his spot along the Jets’ offensive line? Or will someone else make them think twice? We shall see.

RYAN QUIGLEY: Quigley’s performance is just as large as anyone else’s tomorrow night for the Jets. The Jets’ offense will be improved, but it is going to light up the scoreboard? It’s hard to make that prediction. The more likely scenario is that this team will still be led by the defense. Therefore, field position will be huge. Quigley has shanked one too many punts. Can he turn it around, or does a veteran need to be called? We will find out.

Who are some of the guys you are going to be watching tomorrow night?