The preseason opener often looks like one of the sloppiest games of football all season. But hey, it's still football, so Jets fans are allowed to get a little excited for tonight's game against the Colts.
The starters won't be out there for long, and there's a good chance they'll make a few silly plays -- though likely none as ridiculous as the butt fumble. Still, there are a few players Jets fans should itch to see in action.
The team's newest high-profile running back dons the green and white for the first time. He's unlikely to carry the ball more than a handful of times, so don't be surprised if his boom-or-bust nature leans more bust at MetLife Stadium. Of course, he could break off an 80-yard run out of nowhere and ignite the fan base. (Credit: Getty Images / Frederick Breedon)
The most expensive signing of the offseason begins his quest to prove he's not just some Peyton Manning-enhanced stat stuffer. The former Broncos wideout could wind up without so much as a look his way -- that's what happened to the Giants' top receivers on Sunday -- but as long as his routes are crisp and he's getting separation from defensive backs, he's doing his job at this point. (Credit: Getty Images / Doug Pensinger)
With coach Rex Ryan exercising caution with safety Calvin Pryor (concussion), the tight end is the highest 2014 draft selection healthy enough to play. The second-round pick gives quarterback Geno Smith a big target on checkdowns, something that could be a big part of the first-team offense as it works out the kinks during August. (Credit: Getty Images / John Weast)