New York Jets Preseason Week 4 Expectations
Vincent Carchietta, USATSI

The New York Jets will take on the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason match up. Here’s what you can expect. 

It’s refreshing to know that we only have one more game of preseason football to sit through before we get the regular season. Although, with the last one, they usually make extra tough on us because the starters don’t see any playing time.

But the point holds true: we are closer to “real” New York Jets football

Despite the sloppy nature of preseason football, the Jets still have work to do in deciding roster spots. Here’s what you can expect:

Petty and Hackenberg Play For The Future

It’s no secret that Bryce Petty has been a story throughout the preseason. His play has been impressive, and he may even be ahead of where he was expected to be in his development at this point.

Ultimately it seems like the Jets will have Geno Smith be the backup and they will carry four QB’s on the roster.

Like Christian Hackenberg, Petty will be playing for the future. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long term answer at the quarterback position. He serves his purpose as a bridge, but he isn’t a franchise QB. The jury is still out on Petty and Hackenberg.

The idea is that one of the two will develop into the Jets franchise QB, something the Jets have struggled with throughout the entirety of their existence, despite Joe Willie Namath that is.

I’m not saying that the Jets will decide their franchise QB in this one preseason game, but the two young gun slingers have something to prove in this otherwise meaningless football game.

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Ironing Out The TE Position

Jace Amaro was supposed to step up as the TE of this football team after missing all of last year. This position was a non-factor for the 2015 Jets as TE’s caught a combined eight passes on the year.

Amaro has been unimpressive as he’s struggled with drops. You could make the argument that Zach Sudfeld has actually look the best of the three TE’s. The other being Kellen Davis, who is supposed to be a blocking TE but somehow gets balls thrown his way and it almost never ends with a positive outcome.

Hopefully someone emerges because the addition of a TE in the passing game would only improve this Jets offense.

Can Robby Anderson Do It Again?

In back to back weeks now WR Robby Anderson has put up good numbers. So far in the preseason the Jets have shown depth at the WR position and he might be a long shot to make this roster.

If he has another big week it will make it difficult on Todd Bowles and company to leave him off the team.

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