Home | Articles | News | NY Jets make decision on whether to play starters vs. Falcons

NY Jets make decision on whether to play starters vs. Falcons

Robert Saleh, Sauce Gardner, NY Jets
Robert Saleh, Sauce Gardner, New York Jets, Getty Images

Don’t expect to see many of the New York Jets’ biggest names against the Atlanta Falcons tonight

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that he was “torn” on whether to play the team’s starters in their second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Well, it appears that Saleh has made his decision.

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the Jets are planning to rest most, if not all of their starters tonight.

Teams usually use the second-to-last preseason game as a dress rehearsal of sorts in which the starters play a significant amount of reps (typically staying in for most or all of the first half), but in the wake of the Zach Wilson bullet-dodge, the Jets are electing to play it safe.

It’s a smart move for the Jets, who suffered from the second-most Adjusted Games Lost due to injury in the 2021 season behind only the Baltimore Ravens (coincidentally, their Week 1 opponents in 2022). New York has struggled mightily with staying healthy over the past few years. Much of that is due simply to bad luck, but there are a few small things that teams can do to maximize their luck in that department, and resting starters in the preseason is one of them.

This game will be all about the backups who are fighting for roster spots or a higher position on the depth chart. Teams are required to cut down from 85 to 80 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, so for a few players, this will be their final game as a Jet (for the time being, at least).

Tonight’s game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on ESPN. It marks the Jets’ first game at MetLife Stadium since their close loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January.

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Android (Google Play) device.

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly Twitter) @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author

Comments

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Peter Buell
1 year ago

Some D coach we have in Saleh

1
0
REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE HERE:x
()
x