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7 storylines to watch at NY Jets mandatory minicamp

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6. The NY Jets' kicker battle

Have the Jets finally found their long-awaited solution for the kicker position? The early results haven't exactly been super promising, but it's still only June.

Mandatory minicamp presents another opportunity for both Eddy Pineiro and Greg Zuerlein to emerge as the team's preferred kicker choice.

Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer recently indicated that the battle between the two is "neck and neck," although neither impressed very much at OTAs. They each need a strong performance this summer to solidify their roster status.

This is an open audition for both Pineiro and Zuerlein. If they both falter, there's a chance the Jets are left searching the scrap heap for their Week 1 kicker yet again.

5. Progress of the NY Jets' injured players

The Jets opted to hold a number of players out of voluntary OTAs due to various injuries. Some of those injuries were relatively minor such as the ones to tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert.

Others like Carl Lawson and George Fant are coming off surgeries and will likely be eased back into competition. Minicamp will present an opportunity to gauge the progress they've made.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported on Sunday that offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is not expected to practice this week (more on him later), but it remains to be seen how the Jets will approach some of the other players on their roster nursing injuries.

Will Fant return to action? How much will Lawson do? What about the tight ends? The chances are that the Jets play it safe and wait until training camp, but we should have our answers very soon.

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