New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins: Players to Watch
Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
It’s almost over Jets fans. One more game to go before a new era is almost certain to begin for the New York Jets, from administration right on down. But for now, we have one more game. Geno Smith, Chris Ivory, Eric Decker and the rest of the 3-12 New York Jets head to Miami to take on Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake and the rest of the Miami Dolphins.
The Jets will be looking to play spoiler to the Dolphins chances of ending with a winning record. As it always has through the years, Jets games against the Dolphins can do just about anything.
With the irrelevance of the records, instead of looking at game keys, I am going to look at players to watch. Jets players will be auditioning for the chance to compete in 2015, and here are some players I will be watching.
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerbackMarcus Williams
(22) intercepts a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
I will be giving a hard look at cornerback Marcus Williams. We have talked about it for most of the week, Williams was tremendous last week for the Jets. He knocked down three passes, at least one occurring against Rob Gronkowski, to go along with one interception. Tom Brady threw for a passer rating of under 40 when throwing in his direction. Should he be in the mix for the Jets in 2015? His performance tomorrow may dictate that story.
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets outside linebackerQuinton Coples
(98) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Quinton Coples is a guy that is an interesting study. We know how Rex Ryan has felt about him, even before the Jets made the decision to draft him. Coples has shown flashes of brilliance for the Jets, making game-changing plays. At other times, he is invisible. This is a guy that is auditioning for a new regime as much as anyone. Will the next person running the Jets, if not Rex, be as enamored with Quinton Coples as Rex has been.
They will need to see it on tape, and tomorrow will be important for him as well.
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets guardWillie Colon
(66) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
I like Willie Colon. When he came to the Jets to replace the departing Brandon Moore, he was the perfect combination of ability and attitue, perfect for a Rex Ryan team. However, in 2014, he has been a liability. Too many penalties at inopportune times have contributed to the Jets failure on offense. Can Willie show he has anything left, to possibily compete with the Jets next year? Can he get something on tape to make himself look appealling to other teams? We will find out tomorrow.
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets centerDalton Freeman
(63) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dalton Freeman has some big shoes to fill, as it is likely that Nick Mangold will miss the Jets final game. We have seen entire games where Mangold has to sit, it hasn’t been pretty. But, Freeman looked quite good in place of Mangold last week. Can Freeman handle it for an entire game, and prove to be an able backup, maybe an heir apparent? Tomorrow will give us some clues.