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Jets-Colts: Players to watch

8/7/2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few players not named Geno Smith or Michael Vick that we'll be checking out Thursday night at MetLife Stadium:

  • Chris Johnson, running back: Obviously, his body of work speaks for itself, but there's always an air of curiosity with a new player, especially a new player coming off knee surgery. It'll be interesting to see how he's deployed in Marty Mornhinweg's offense. He could line up in a few different spots.

  • Stephen Hill, wide receiver: He's having an excellent camp, but the former second-round pick needs to carry that momentum into the games. If he doesn't mess it up, he could nail down the second starting job.

  • Jace Amaro, tight end: The second-round pick hasn't blown away anyone in training camp, but maybe he's a game-day kind of player. The Jets are counting on him to make an immediate contribution.

  • Dee Milliner, cornerback: Aside from Smith, he's the most important young veteran on the team. Milliner has to put his production where his mouth is.

  • Brian Winters, guard: He should be more comfortable in his second season at guard because the first season wasn't so hot. He's getting pressure from Oday Aboushi.

  • Dimitri Patterson, cornerback: His job is to replace Antonio Cromartie. Patterson is confident he can prove the skeptics wrong. So far, he has been so-so in training camp. Coming off three injury-plagued seasons, his No. 1 objective is staying healthy.

Scratched: Not playing for the Jets are wide receiver Greg Salas, cornerback Johnny Patrick, safety Calvin Pryor, running back Bilal Powell, tackle Markus Zusevics, tackle Brent Qvale, wide receiver Shaq Evans and linebacker Antwan Barnes.