By Reid McEvoy
Tonight the New York Jets play the New York Giants at MetLife, and even though the stadium will be decked out in blue, it will be in the same place the Jets call home.
The quarterback battle is still wide open, as Josh McCown played well in his one and only preseason series, Hackenberg has been up and down and Bryce Petty hasn’t gotten much of a chance to prove himself.
As it is Week 3 of the preseason, many players will have to make their case as potential starters, or just to make the roster. Players who will be fighting for their jobs are:
Kicker: Ross Martin and Chandler Catanzaro
The kicking battle has been a rough point for the Jets. Both have missed a long kick, and Martin has made a short one. Neither has really shown anything amazing or any fatal flaw.
Wide Receiver: Frankie Hammond, Kenbrell Thompkins, Daniel Williams, Chad Hansen
Wide receiver has been an unfortunately underwhelming position for the Jets, and not because anyone is not meeting expectations, but because Jets fans were expecting a great crew of Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa after last season. But one the Jets will now have to face is Marshall, who has been criticizing the Jets ever since he left. The other, Decker, is a Titan, who has no hard feelings for the Jets, but it’s still upsetting to see him in a jersey that isn’t green. And Enunwa was supposed to be the No. 1, but he suffered a season-ending neck injury. So Robby Anderson now looks like he will be the go-to receiver.
Tight End: Brandon Barnes, Chris Gragg, Austin Seferian-Jenkins
ASJ will miss the first game due to suspension, but he has been putting in a lot of work to make the roster, including losing a lot of weight, which was definitely becoming a problem for him. Brandon Barnes will be making his Jets debut today, as he was signed to replace the injured and now released wide receiver Marquess Wilson.
The Snoopy Bowl matchup could feature some hard feelings and unnecessarily rough tackles, but all-in-all, it’s just a preseason game with players trying to keep their jobs.