Entering the third preseason game this weekend, the Jets are the only team in the NFL who have not yet scored a touchdown.
As troubling as that may be for New York, it’s not something to be particularly alarmed about, for a few reasons.
First of all, the Jets’ first team offense has only played a handful of drives over the first two exhibition games, and the Jets did not do any game-planning whatsoever in those contests.
Furthermore, the Jets have been without two of their presumptive top three wide receivers, as Santonio Holmes (above, right) and Jeremy Kerley have been out for weeks with a rib and a hamstring injury, respectively.
The third preseason game is traditionally a dress rehearsal of sorts, as the Jets’ starters will play a majority of the game, with the coaches game-planning like it’s a real game. One final tune-up before the regular season begins.
The preseason finale will inversely have all of the starters inactive, as teams will be evaluating their reserve players to determine who makes the team and who doesn’t.
When the Jets host the Carolina Panthers Sunday night, they’ll have a sense of urgency rarely seen in the preseason. It will have a regular season feel to it when the Jets take the field.
Luckily for their sputtering offense, Mark Sanchez and the Jets will have Holmes and Kerley back on the field for the first time this preseason, barring any setbacks from now until kickoff.
“I hope it will be a big spark,” Kerley said. “Get some new legs out there and give Mark some [more] targets.”
It’s imperative that the Jets get some game reps with their top receivers in there, as they’re still in the process of installing their new offensive system under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Having Holmes and Kerley back in the lineup is just what the doctor ordered. Expect the Jets to find the endzone on Sunday, and hopefully, many more Sundays to come.