The preseason opener is finally here. Most of us will finally get our first look at the 2014 Jets. Based on reports, there are a number of roster bubble players having quality camps. These guys might have taken their first steps to making the roster, but things are not assured yet. Here are three who need to build on their momentum.
A star of last season's Patriots training camp, Sudfeld is reportedly doing good things in Cortland. With Jace Amaro's growing pains and Jeff Cumberland's limited game, the door is wide open for a guy like Sudfeld to claim a big role in the offense. He has the frame of a potentially effective blocker at tight end, and looks good with the ball in his hands in open field. With a year under his belt in this offense, can he use his monster frame to become an effective route runner and pass catcher? We will start to get a fuller picture tonight.
Stephen Hill has gotten some talk for his early work in training camp, but Greg Salas is also reportedly impressing people. The Jets have invited a number of receivers to camp in hopes that something sticks. Salas is a big type of receiver who generally runs short routes and does his work after the catch. He has as much of a chance as anybody to emerge in this offense.
The safety spot is crowded. The Jets have their two Week 1 starters from last year on the roster, and their first round pick. Miles was singled out by Rex Ryan for his work in camp recently, and reportedly had a good scrimmage Saturday night. In college, he was used as a blitzer, which could make him a fit in some of Rex Ryan's pressure subpackages should he continue to impress.