By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets are hosting the Tennessee Titans in their 2017 preseason opener tonight. Both teams have questions at the starting quarterback position, with Marcus Mariota recovering after breaking his leg at the end of the 2016 season, while the Jets are still searching for one.
The game will also have the Jets facing a familiar face in Eric Decker, who was cut by the team this offseason and subsequently signed by the Titans. It will also feature many position battles for the Jets, including:
Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, and Josh McCown
Wide Receiver: Marquess Wilson, ArDarius Stewart and Lucky Whitehead, among others
Offensive Line: Kelvin Beachum, Brent Qvale, Brandon Shell, as well as undrafted free agents Chris Bordelon and Ben Braden
Kicker: Chandler Catanzaro and Ross Martin
Long Snapper (yes, long snapper): Veteran Tanner Purdum and rookie Josh Latham
The Titans will also have position battles throughout the preseason:
Cornerback: LeShaun Sims, Adoree’ Jackson, and Brice McCain
Wide Receiver: Harry Douglass, Eric Weems, Tre McBride, and Mekale McKay
These battles will go on all preseason, due to a new rule this year that says teams do not have to be down to the 53-man roster limit until Week 1 of the regular season. So, the whole 90-man roster can battle it out all four weeks.
The preseason is a time where injuries will happen, careers will be made and ended, people will make the roster and leave the roster, and though the wins or losses may not matter, it is a huge importance for late round selections and undrafted free agents, and a time where they can make or break (sometimes literally) their career.