The Jets travel to Washington on Friday night to face the Redskins in their second preseason game, with the starters expected to see a little extended action, probably into the second quarter.
What remains unknown is if a couple of recovering starters -- DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) in particular -- will make their summer debuts.
The best guess is that Wilkerson will see a few snaps, but Forte -- who had his first mostly-full practice on Wednesday -- will not. Regardless, there are still plenty of intriguing things to watch in this game. Here are my Top 3:
1.) The quarterbacks not named Ryan Fitzpatrick
I know this is getting redundant, but the quarterbacks account for most of the intrigue at Jets camp this summer. Geno Smith, who still seems to have a strong hold on the backup job, struggled early and then rebounded late in his preseason debut. Bryce Petty, fighting for his roster spot, was solid in limited action. And Christian Hackenberg, a second-round rookie and possible quarterback of the future, didn't play at all.
Hackenberg is expected to make his debut in this game, but it didn't look or sound like he was going to get much time. It appeared that after Fitzpatrick, Todd Bowles was going to keep the rotation the same, with Smith and Petty getting the majority of the remaining reps. Hackenberg might just get a series or two to get his NFL feet wet.
So keep an eye on Smith vs. Petty. It still looks like Petty is the odd man out unless the Jets decide to keep four quarterbacks. But it's hard to argue that he shouldn't earn a look in the backup competition if he out-performs Smith the rest of the way.
2.) Tight end Jace Amaro
He didn't do much and wasn't effective when plays were run his direction in the preseason opener, where he caught none of the three passes thrown his way.
Yet there remains so much hope that this former second-rounder can emerge as not only a dangerous receiving option for the Jets, but also a two-way tight end. He didn't do that as a rookie, so at some point he needs to show what he's capable of to earn the trust of both Fitzpatrick and Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
That means at some point this preseason, the Jets are going to give him a big opportunity in a game, and at this point he really needs to take advantage of it. No matter who's throwing him the ball, he really can't afford another 0-for-3-like performance on Friday night.
3.) Receivers Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake
These two rookies -- the first an undrafted free agent and the second a seventh-round pick -- have been the darlings of training camp the last couple of weeks and they didn't disappoint in their preseason debuts. Marshall wowed everyone with an 84-yard kickoff return and Peake was the Jets' leading receiver (four catches, 45 yards) and he made a tough catch on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Smith.
Of course, as rookies -- and not high draft picks -- they need to do more than that. It's starting to look like both can make the 53-man roster, but they can't afford a dropoff.
You can bet that head coach Todd Bowles will want to see a lot more of them in the next couple of weeks and they have to perform. Marshall, in particular, needs to do more on offense where he had just one catch for 10 yards last week despite having four balls thrown his way.