Guys to keep an eye against Atlanta

Here are some guys I'm going to keep a close eye on tonight in the Jets preseason debut:

*Left guard Adrian Clarke.

Does he have what it takes to replace disgruntled Pete Kendall? It's a mystery at this point. There is only so much you can tell watching practice. Clarke could give the Jets more push in the running game than Kendall. He's a much bigger man – weighing 50 pounds more than Kendall. But he might be a downgrade in pass protection, where Kendall is rock solid. He will be on the hotseat tonight in the first part of his audition for the job, and it will be interesting to see how he responds.

*Quarterback Kellen Clemens

It's well-documented that his performances in the mini-camp and training camp have been very inconsistent. But he was a gamer at Oregon, and maybe in real game action, he will truly show us what he can do.

He needs to play better so the Jets can trust him with the #2 job.

One thing he needs to show is an improved ability to read defenses. Sometimes he has a tendency to lock on one receiver and telegraph his passes.

*Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey

He had a great mini-camp, and he's picked up where he left off in training camp. So far he looks like this year's Marques Colston, a seventh round receiver, playing like a first round talent. If Stuckey can take his work on the practice field to the game, he is going to qualify as a major league steal.

When you watch him, you think you are seeing the second coming of Deion Branch.

*Nose tackle Sione Pouha

This guy is a major mystery. As a rookie in 2005, he was inactive most of the season. Then last year he spent the season on injured reserve after blowing out his knee in training camp.

Now the Jets are counting on him to be the backup nose tackle to Dewayne Robertson. He certainly looks that part at 6-3, 330. But there is a question about his desire to play football. He can dismiss those rumors by playing hard and making playing in the preseason.

There is no question that the Jets could use a nose tackle with his size.

*Defensive end Kenyon Coleman

He certainly looks like a 3-4 defensive end at 6-5, 295 pounds.

But during his time with Oakland and Dallas, he never emerged as a starter. Does he have what it takes to be a starting defensive end in the league.

The Jets gave him starting money in free agency, so they certainly hope so. He has a very good chance of beating out Kimo von Oelhoffen if he plays well in the preseason.

*SafetyRashad Washington

With the injury to #3 safety Eric Smith, Washington moves into his spot, and is going to see a lot of action against Atlanta. He has to prove he more than just a really good special teams player.

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