Here are five members of the Jets who could use a good outing in tonight's preseason game against the Giants.
Geno Smith: Last week's effort against Washington was not pretty. Combined with a strong showing from Bryce Petty, it has led many to wonder whether Geno's hold on the backup quarterback job might be slipping. With the starters likely playing into the third quarter, Geno will probably not get a ton of work, but a good performance might put to bed the idea that he will be passed by Petty on the depth chart.
Ben Ijalana: With Breno Giacomini's status for the opener against the Bengals looking more precarious by the day, Ijalana has a chance to stake a claim to the starting right tackle job. If he plays well enough, he might even be able to keep himself in the starting lineup when Giacomini gets healthy. A bad night by the Villanova product, however, will likely make the Jets take a long look at the waiver wire and the trade market.
Marcus Williams: It is one thing to succeed as a dime back. It is another to have success in a starting role. The matchups are tougher, and the chances to mess up are more plentiful. Williams did not have a good game against Washington in coverage. He also missed a tackle that led to a touchdown (which was wiped out on an unrelated penalty). Williams can calm a lot of nerves with a good game.
Brian Winters: Winters might have received some praise this week, but his game against Washington was less than stellar. The right side of the line has been a question mark for the entire offseason, and we have no answers so far in preseason.
Jalin Marshall: Despite a lot of training camp buzz and a big return against Jacksonville, Marshall's star has begun to fade a bit in the preseason. He seems to hear footsteps at the receiver position and has failed to come up with a number of catchable passes. He could use a statement to stake claim to a roster spot.