The better teams will get by in the first month of the season on talent and strategy. But the overall quality of play will not be good. It certainly won’t be anything close to what it will be in October and beyond.
Amukamara is still holding out hope that he’ll be ready to go next week at MetLife Stadium, but he acknowledges that a Week 2 return against the Buccaneers is more realistic.
“Our fans should be excited,” the 32-year-old said. “We have the most potential this year. If we do our jobs and communicate more, we could be the best Jets defense in franchise history.”
Jets practice was a bit empty on Wednesday, as 19 starters — including quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow and linebacker Bart Scott — took part in a leadership training session in Bedminster.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Wednesday that if Sanchez suffers a long-term injury this season, Tim Tebow will take over as starting quarterback.
Something just had to go wrong, even with so much going right. Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara came away with a high ankle sprain, which usually means at least four weeks on the shelf.
“I have to take full advantage of it,” Howard said. “When you get a new chance, you always have to have a positive outlook. I have the mindset to show what I can do.”
General manager Mike Tannenbaum and his staff may be on the lookout for help outside the organization. The Jets have reportedly contacted teams to inquire about trading for a tackle.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan has made the decision to bench offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. Starting in Hunter’s place will be Austin Howard.
The Jets’ backup quarterback showed in his Thursday morning interview with WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” that he has the same ability to escape tough questions as he has to evade blitzing defensive linemen with his quick feet.
With Will Beatty struggling because of back issues, Locklear is the projected starting left tackle for the Super Bowl champions. No one, though, is ready to say that he will be there when the season starts in two weeks.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters following practice that the 2011 First-Team All Pro will be held out of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium for “precautionary” reasons.
Preseason games ordinarily mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but when the Giants face the Bears on Friday night it could reveal a potential challenger for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Jets fans saw it firsthand last night. No, not the Tim Tebow show. The main story last night was the Cincinnati Bengals, and the disasters that loom for all teams in preseason.
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will face Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.
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