We are almost there, folks — the NY Jets season is right around the corner when the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills in the first Monday Night Football game of the season.
This is one of the most highly anticipated seasons in Jets history, and they will have all eyes on them Monday night. Let’s take a look at the top five players to watch in Week 1 against the Bills.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, NY Jets
The first one is pretty obvious — it’s Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers will make his Jets regular-season debut in a prime-time game. That is a sentence that still feels weird to write.
Rodgers is certainly not someone to shy away from the spotlight, but there is the question of how quickly the Jets offense will click as they have not played very much together.
Nathaniel Hackett even said on Friday that he expects there to be some first-game "hiccups" from the offense. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers reacts to those potential hiccups and if the Jets can overcome them.
Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets
Mekhi Becton is the X-factor for the Jets this season.
The offensive line has its question marks, but if Becton can be a solid right tackle, they will likely be good enough to get the job done. If he can be more than that, the offensive line’s ceiling goes with Becton.
The starting offensive line has not had much time together either, and Becton missed Friday’s practice with an illness. However, Becton is expected to play, and he will undoubtedly be an important player to watch.
Breece Hall/Dalvin Cook, RB, NY Jets
The Jets running back position will be something to watch in this game. Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook might be the best running back duo in the NFL, but neither has played or practiced much with the team throughout training camp.
After his shoulder surgery, Cook is a full go and not listed on the injury report, but Hall is still listed as limited after his knee surgery. Both players will play on Monday night, and Robert Saleh said they will be "smart" with their usage.
When healthy, Hall still figures to be the main running back, but maybe Cook gets more looks until Hall eases back into things.
Tony Adams, S, NY Jets
Tony Adams has been hyped up a lot this training camp, and even though he did not play much as a rookie, he did not play much in the preseason either.
The coaching staff loves him and trusts him with the starting free safety role over the more experienced Adrian Amos. The Jets' defense was elite last year, but the pairing of Jordan Whitehead and Lamarcus Joyner in the back end was probably the weakest spot.
Adams is taking over Joyner’s role this year and could potentially make the unit a lot stronger.