New York Jets What To Watch For: Aug. 10-17

What to watch for as the Jets begin preparation for their preseason opener against the Detroit Lions

After Sunday’s day off, the Jets return to the practice fields this week in preparation of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.

So, what should you keep an eye on? Here are three things to watch:

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Do the injuries keep mounting?

It looks like two weeks of physical practices took a bit of a toll on the Jets last week. After remaining rather healthy, New York saw its injury report grow quite a bit. As of right now, the report lists the following players:

Muhammad Wilkerson, Kevin Vickerson, Chris Owusu, DeVier Posey, Shaq Evans, Stevan Ridley, Curtis Brown, Keith Lewis, Dee Milliner, Devin Smith, Walter Powell, T.J. Graham, Zac Stacy, Steve Maneri.

This week will be a good indication of just how nicked up those players are, and which can return before New York’s preseason opener on Thursday.

Has Zac Stacy turned the corner?

During New York’s Green and White practice, running back Zac Stacy finally flashed for the first time since being traded to the Jets during the draft. He made plays out of the backfield, a few nice cuts in the hole and showed impressive speed to break a couple runs into the open field.

The question now is if Stacy can continue to impress, because to this point, he’s been the most invisible running back on the field not named Stevan Ridley. With Daryl Richardson continuing to impress, it’s important Stacy continues to show he deserves a spot on the roster.

The depth chart

This week should be the week that the Jets release their official ‘unofficial’ depth chart. While, again, it’s unofficial, it is a solid indication of who’s been impressing in training camp, and also give an idea of where the team will start entering the preseason.

Does Brent Qvale really have a shot at right guard? Where’s receiver Shaq Evans placed at receiver? What’s the rotation look like on the defensive line? All those questions and more should be answered early in the week.

Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (

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