NY Jets depth examined against the Eagles in preseason Week 3
Entering the final week of the preseason, the New York Jets brass hinted that some of the starters would play at least a quarter and maybe even a full half against the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, New Jersey was hit with a torrential downpour prior to and during the early part of the game, leading to a delayed start.
Pictures of the playing conditions leaked before the matchup took place. The conditions, at the minimum, were far from ideal.
It was then released that the Jets would be resting many of their starters, including Zach Wilson, Corey Davis, Connor McGovern, Foley Fatukasi, Sheldon Rankins, Jamison Crowder and more.
The full Jet X member-only video is near the bottom of this page and can also be seen on the Blewett's Blitz homepage (if you're a paid member and logged in).
Fans were collectively disappointed that they wouldn’t see their rookie quarterback take any snaps and build upon his stellar preseason. But the level-headed fans understood that it would be incredibly foolish to risk his health to see some extra preseason snaps.
This is especially the case considering coaches often argue that joint practices are more beneficial to young quarterbacks, and he just experienced back-to-back weeks of joint practices against the Green Bay Packers and these very same Eagles.
Even without those practices, however, he’s proven plenty to not risk his health in a game that featured Philly’s second and third-teamers.
While some will underplay the importance of seeing the second and third-string guys in the preseason, diehard fans, or any smart fan, in general, understand just how critical these reps are for a building football program. Players pour their lives into making a roster and it’s nice to see them earn their keep.
Secondarily and even more importantly, depth is incredibly important on a football team—from player No. 23 all the way to 53 and beyond (practice squad).
Blewett’s Blitz podcast episode
Who are some of these depth players that played well? Who are some of the players that played well enough to force the Jets to keep them around long-term?
Blewett’s Blitz recaps the Jets-Eagles Week 3 preseason game as well as quickly glancing at the team’s Week 1 matchup against Sam Darnold and the Carolina Panthers.
Below is a member-only film breakdown lasting over two hours in length.