Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThree things to watch today in the Jets Week One matchup with the Bucs:
The Quarterbacks: Whether it is the rookie on the Jets side or the inconsistent vet on the other, like most games, the quarterback play is going to be key to how the teams fare. Geno Smith will make his first start against a Bucs defense that is lights out against the run and got a lot better against the pass this offseason, so threading the needle today for him will be no small feat. As for Josh Freeman, Mo & Co. need to rattle him and get him off his spot to get him reacting to the Jets defense and throwing the ball hastily or get him to make poor decisions on which to capitalize.
Breakout Receivers: Clyde Gates, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley? This is the chance to shake up the world. Who knows what the plan for Tone is, but the rest of the Jets receivers need to show the world what they showed the Jets faithful this summer, that they are better than everyone expects. While the run defense is the historically stroing point of this Tampa D, the Jets need to pick on CB2 Leonard Johnson and SS Mark Barron whenever they can. The Jets should also look into bubble screens and RB screens to find the weak points in this defense … oh and don’t forget that Kellen Winslow and Cumby could be a key to using the pass in this gameplan.
Doug Martin: It’s hard to say what the Jets running game is going to look like today up against Gerald McCoy and company, but for the Jets they need to do everything they can to shut down Doug Martin. Martin exploded on the NFL scene as a rookie last year and his dynamic play as a runner and pass-catcher is likely to play well for him against a Jets defense which tends to struggle with such players. Look for the Jets to run as many Big Nickel packages and eight in the box looks as possible to deal with Martin as effectively as they can.