1. NIGHT OF THE WALKING WOUNDED – What’s the “starting” receiving corps going to look like against the Giants? I don’t mean who, we know who is injured and likely out (Holmes, Kerley, etc.) but whoever does end up playing – how do they look in synch with Sanchez? Great QBs make great receivers. Are there missed communications, bad routes? Can Sanchez work with the fellas he’s got? How do the depth players respond to the opportunity to show themselves off and prove that they deserve a spot on the roster? If Turner keeps it up, he might make the ever injured Schilens seem like a wholly unnecessary player for the final roster. Also, how much do the Jets use Keller and Cumby in the first team?
2. OUT OF THE FRYING PAN – The offensive line is going to get a real sense of just how good (or bad) they are against the Giants. The Bengals are a solid defensive line unit, the Giants are otherworldly at getting to the quarterback. With a perennially stacked defensive line, watch closely to see just how the Jets offensive line does, specifically Wayne Hunter and Austin Howard whenever the young upstart gets some time.
3. COPLES OF MORE GAMES – Everyone was impressed with his first game against the Bengals, so will the trend continue? We’ll expect so, but Ryan and Pettine are going to want to start seeing more of those impact plays against the first team in the next few weeks.
4. ENDANGERED SPECIES - Our gut tends to make us believe the Jets won’t use it because they want to keep it secret, but could the Wildcat make an appearance? Rex Ryan loves beating the Giants any chance he can … even if it’s just the preseason. So will the Jets head coach extend his figurative middle finger and use Wildcat in the game to see if it’s effective against a great defensive line? The team practiced the formation twice this past week …
5. REFRESHING RUNNING – Bilal Powell has looked good so far in practice but ran five times for 16 yards. Can he have a better outing against the Giants? The team’s strength in depth comes down to Powell so he’s going to have to start showing off to allay the concerns of fans if this is truly supposed to be a “ground and pound” team.