9 players to watch in the NY Jets vs. Eagles preseason game

NY Jets, Denzel Mims
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NY Jets, Denzel Mims
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3. Greg Zuerlein/Eddy Pineiro, K, NY Jets

This entry contains two players, but they're both fighting for the exact same thing. The Jets brought in former All-Pro Greg Zuerlein to compete with the incumbent Eddy Pineiro for the team's kicker job.

The early signs seem to indicate that Zuerlein has the edge, but that could change quickly if Pineiro outplays him in the preseason. Only one of these players will land a spot on the 53-man roster and their performances in the preseason will likely dictate the outcome of this tight competition.

2. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets

Denzel Mims is fighting for a roster spot on another team just as much as he's fighting for a roster spot on the Jets this summer. The former second-round pick is looking to earn the WR5 or WR6 role on the Jets, but that's if he isn't traded, of course.

There's been some speculation that the Jets could be looking to increase Mims' trade value this summer, and a standout showing in the team's first preseason game would certainly help matters.

It might be in the best interest of both parties if the two sides were to part ways, and Mims could do himself a lot of favors if he shows out this August. Friday night's game will be his first opportunity to take center stage.

1. Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets

The Jets may have signed Duane Brown, but the soon-to-be 37-year-old won't be suiting up with the team on Friday. That means it'll likely be a combination of Chuma Edoga and Max Mitchell splitting time.

With Conor McDermott out nursing an ankle injury, Mitchell will likely play the majority of the game at right tackle. The rookie fourth-round pick is seen as a developmental project and he should receive valuable reps this Friday night.

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The Jets aren't counting on Mitchell to start early in his career, but it would be incredibly encouraging to see him hit the ground running in his preseason debut. Perhaps he could be a part of the future solution at right tackle.