Jets ‘can’t wait’ to face new opponents against Eagles

These Jets will take to the field against a different team for the first time Friday night in Philadelphia, when they open the preseason against the Eagles. Like all pre-season openings, there will be an air of excitement, until everyone involved remembers that the occasion isn’t great at all.

Case in point: There was no shrewd dodge when Jets coach Robert Saleh was asked about his game plan on Monday. It will do the same thing in year 2 as in year 1.

“We plan to play all of our guys for a series or two,” Saleh said. “So it will probably end up being a quarter. This is for the first group and then the second [and] third parties will end the match.

That’s something – and it’s a better measuring stick than practice. But it’s not a lot.

Last year, Saleh waited until Game 3 of the preseason, against the Giants, to give his starters a real run. That approach could change this year – he’s spoken with Giants coach Brian Daboll about the best way to go about it, although it doesn’t appear anything has been decided yet.

Robert Saleh
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Corey Davis
Corey Davis
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Despite the generally lackluster tenor of preseason football, the Jets are still excited to get in and show what they can do against someone wearing a different uniform.

“I can’t wait,” receiver Corey Davis said. “It gets competitive here, racing roads in front of the same guys, they can be a little bit on you. But it’s good because you have to change your routes a bit, make everything different. I am delighted to find myself in front of new faces.

Sauce Gardner will be watched closely as he makes his debut after being selected fourth overall in the NFL Draft in April.

“I can’t wait,” Gardner said. “That’s what I pray for.”

When told it might be a bit strange to sit on the bench after the first 15 minutes, Gardner chose the moment to focus on what lay ahead.

“It will give me something to look forward to when the regular season actually starts,” he said.

LB Jamien Sherwood earned the nickname “Florham Park Strangler” from Saleh last week. He takes it in stride, calling the name “pretty cool.”

“It actually started on special teams, you know how they say I have these long arms,” the 6-foot-2 Sherwood said. “So we do these drills – the goal is to compete, so I just put my arms over him. I just try to win. And then eventually become the strangler at Florham Park.

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