Some Key Position Battles For Jets' Preseason Game Against Titans

August 12, 2017

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.

 

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