Jaguars-Jets Preseason: 6 Reasons We Will Watch
The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to New York to meet the hapless Jets in week two of the preseason. The Jaguars enter the game with even less expectations than the Jets. Only the Jaguars do it with much less national scrutiny.
No one believes either team will make it pass the regular season. Neither team is loaded with fantasy football potential. One team is starting with a new coach. The other is saying the last rites for their coach.
It's okay. We will still be transfixed by the game. And here are six reasons why:
If there is any fantasy value to be had, Jones-Drew is the provider. Jones-Drew will play Saturday. This will be his first action since injuring his foot in October. It will also be his first preseason work since 2011. The return of Jones-Drew worth watching.
Chad Henne v Blaine Gabbert
The Jaguars are having a quarterback competition. Last season Gabbert the number one draft choice started in 10 games. He had 1662 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. His replacement for the last six games was Henne. In six games Henne had 2084 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Now there is a quarterback competition. Many believe this is Gabbert's last chance. Will he fold under the pressure?
Geno Smith v Mark Sanchez
The Jets are having a quarterback competion.
Last year's starter, Sanchez started 15 games. He collected 2883 yards with 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He is now fighting for his job against second round rookie Smith.
Smith had an abysmal day at training camp, tossing three interceptions against the scout team. Now Smith will again play back-up to Sanchez in the second preseason game.
We aren't watching for the quarterback competition. We are watching for the over/under of how long it will take Jets' fans to 'boo' Sanchez and chant for Smith. Then how long it will take them to "boo" Smith and just walk away.
We are watching to see if either quarterback can save Rex Ryan's job.
Chris Ivory's return from a hamstring strain
The Jets acquired Ivory from the New Orleans Saints. Ivory has never completed a full season. Last season Ivory started two games and played in six. In those games he rushed for 217 yards with two touchdowns. He averaged 5.4 yards a carry.
At the beginning of the season he was the sleeper pick for running backs. Now with his lingering hamstring injury questions are starting to arise about his durability. Now his fantasy value is becoming questionable.
We are watching the game in hopes of getting a glimpse of a fantasy sleeper pick.
Braylon Edwards return to elite status
Edwards has informed us that he believes he will return to elite status. He does realize elite status takes two? Ask Larry Fitzgerald.
Will Rex Ryan watch?
Last week during the first series Mark Sanchez threw an interception. When asked about the play, Rex Ryan the head coach, said "he didn't see it". Odd for a head coach, no?
We are watching to see if Ryan can bare to watch his own offense.
But mainly we are watching, because like a bad B movie, we can't not watch.
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