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Matt Flynn & Josh Johnson To Play 4th Pre-Season Game

Todd Bowles has stated that a few of his starters may play in the final pre-season game, but don't expect to see Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The pre-season has been far too long, in fact the whole NFL off-season is ridiculously long. The Jets wrap up their pre-season schedule with a game against the Eagles this week, and a week on Sunday they will take the field against the Cleveland Browns for their first competitive match.

Todd Bowles has hinted that a few of his starters can expect some game time against the Eagles. He didn't specify who those players were and concluded his conference yesterday by stating that he still needs to have the discussion with his coaches as to whether it's a good idea to play any of his starters or not.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will certainly not see the field, but apparently Bryce Petty may be sidelined as well. When asked directly if he will play, Bowles wouldn't commit either way. At the moment Petty is the backup to Fitzpatrick and you really don't want him getting injured, and at the same time you have two new quarterbacks in Flynn and Johnson who you need to see in game action to decide who you keep. On the other hand you have an extremely raw rookie who needs every single game-rep he can get, and touch wood he won't need to play at all this season.

It certainly sounds as though we'll see more of Flynn than anyone else with Bowles commenting "We're probably going to see a lot of Matt (Flynn) and try to see some of Josh (Johnson) as well. I'm going to try and focus on those two guys.". You want either Flynn or Johnson to act as the backup to Fitzpatrick this year, allowing you to really give Petty a redshirt type season, and the only way to find out who to keep is by getting them both game reps in your offense.