1. Geno Smith OUT for Sunday
Smith is officially out for Sunday's preseason home opener and the New York Jets have been mum on the status of their rookie signal-caller. After injuring his ankle in the third quarter of New York's first preseason contest, Smith hasn't missed any practice time, but his performance has clearly been hampered by the setback. If the former West Virginia has any shot of winning the Jets' quarterback job, he'll have to wow the coaching staff on a bum ankle and solidly outplay Mark Sanchez next week against the New York Giants in order to swing the pendulum back in his favor.
2. Chris Ivory's Jet debut
Sidelined for the Jets' first preseason contest due to a hamstring strain, New York's power back will take his first carries as a member of the Green and White. Expectations are sky high for Ivory, who could become the Jets' feature rushers out of the backfield. Ivory's physical running and impressive burst bring toughness and playmaking, which the Jets' have lacked since the retirement of LaDainian Tomlinson. Gang Green's prized trade acquisition will get his first opportunity to impress the Jets' fan base.
Despite missing the first half of training camp finalizing his rookie contract, Milliner played like a seasoned pro during last week's loss to the Detroit Lions. The Jets' secondary is looking to turn the page after trading away All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason, and with Milliner as the centerpiece, Gang Green could be one of the NFL's top pass defenses in 2013. Milliner's physicality and cover skills are truly elite and he has a chance to become one of the league's top cornerbacks down the road.