New York Jets: 2014 NFL Preseason Week 3 W2W4

W2W4: New York Jets

August, 16, 2014
Aug 16
12:00
PM ET
The New York Jets (1-0) face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in a preseason game Saturday night at Paul Brown Stadium:

1. Geno tries for the clincher. Geno Smith said his goal for this game is to "make winning plays." If he makes enough of them, the Jets should end the charade and anoint him as the starting quarterback. Will they? Probably not. General manager John Idzik is deliberate when it comes to big decisions, but he wouldn't be fooling anyone by withholding the announcement another week. This is Smith's job -- has been all along -- and now all he has to do is reach out and grab it with a strong performance. He led the offense to three points in two series in the opener, continuing a solid, if not outstanding camp. He'd probably cement the job by leading the offense on an actual touchdown drive, something he failed to do in the opener and the intrasquad scrimmage. Rex Ryan was pleased with Smith's performance against the Indianapolis Colts, but there were two "minus" plays among his 11 snaps, according to the coaches -- a ratio that should be better. Smith can make it easy for the decision-makers by playing well in "The Jungle," where he suffered one of his worst games as a rookie.

2. Pryor makes debut. After sitting out the opener with a concussion, rookie safety Calvin Pryor makes his NFL debut. The Jets' first-round draft pick probably won't start -- look for Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett at safety -- but he's expected to get some time with the starters. Prediction: Pryor will lead the team in defensive snaps for the game. He needs the work. His game is based on physicality, so it's really hard to gauge him on the practice field. The coaches like his smarts and aggressiveness, but we'll see how he responds when the lights are on. This is a good matchup because the Bengals have athletic tight ends, pass-catchers who can test Pryor in space. The Jets are counting on Pryor to become an immediate contributor.

3. Green on Green: Well, here goes nothing. Former safety Antonio Allen, who never imagined he'd be a cornerback in the NFL, is expected to start at corner. After losing Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle to injuries, the Jets are willing to try anything. Allen has shown he can cover tight ends in man-to-man situations, but it's a different deal on the perimeter. As Allen said, "It's tough out there on the island." There could be times when he's matched against Bengals star A.J. Green, a handful for the best corners in the league, let alone a neophyte. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Allen is built like a Seattle Seahawks corner. The Jets think he'll be able to use his size and aggressiveness to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage, but he could have a tough time, considering the renewed emphasis on illegal-contact penalties. If Allen is respectable, he could get another shot next week. They're still hoping that Milliner (high-ankle sprain) is back for Week 1 of the regular season.

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