On Saturday afternoon, Jets coach Robert Saleh advised reporters he was “torn” on taking part in his starters within the second preseason towards the Atlanta Falcons Monday evening.
Just like towards the Philadelphia Eagles every week earlier than, Saleh opted to relaxation his veterans.
Quarterback Joe Flacco, defensive finish Carl Lawson and vast receivers Corey Davis and Elijah Moore had been among the many gamers who didn’t play towards the Falcons. Flacco and Lawson additionally didn’t play through the Jets’ first preseason recreation towards the Eagles. Linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Reed or proper sort out George Fant additionally had been inactive Monday evening.
Jermaine Johnson, Micheal Clemons, Nathan Shepherd, and Solomon Thomas began on the Jets defensive position. Jamien Sherwood, Kwon Alexander, Quincy Williams had been the three linebackers, whereas Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Bryce Hall, Jason Pinnock, and Lamarcus Joyner had been within the secondary on the opening drive.
Offensively, Mike White began underneath middle towards the Falcons. Breece Hall was within the backfield at operating again with Garrett Wilson, and Jeff Smith at vast receiver and Kenny Yeboah and Trevon Wesco on the tight finish spots.
Given the damage to Zach Wilson, it’s comprehensible why Saleh was reluctant to play any of the crew’s star gamers.
Against the Eagles within the first preseason recreation, Wilson suffered a bone bruise and a meniscus damage after scrambling for a primary down. Although Wilson’s damage wasn’t as important as some predicted, he’ll miss at the least two to 4 weeks as Flacco may doubtlessly begin within the season opener towards the Baltimore Ravens.
After two productive joint practices towards the Falcons, Saleh felt just like the Jets had been in a position to relaxation the crew’s starters.
“We really want to get continued growth, especially from our young guys, we’re trying to figure out who we have and when you look at the 40 through 53 part of the roster and trying to figure all of that stuff out,” Saleh stated on Saturday. “You’re looking for continued growth out of your young guys, we’re looking for continued growth out of communication offensively and defensively.”
With one other five-man roster reduce (85 to 80) due by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, many roster bubble gamers will attempt to make one other impression with the hopes of at the least staying on the Jets’ roster one other week. The remaining spherical of cuts comes on Tuesday, August 30, after the Jets’ final preseason recreation towards the Giants on Sunday. All NFL groups should be on the 53-man restrict earlier than the beginning of the common season.