Eagles vs Jets: New York’s offensive line play among preseason Week 3 storylines

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The preseason is almost over, but Jets players have one last chance to impress before playing the Panthers on Sept. 12.

New York has looked good so far this summer after two wins over the Giants and Packers, but the Jets have mostly played backups. This will likely be the case again against the Eagles, but it is no less important for this young Jets team to continue to play well.

With jobs on the line and several position groups in need of strong performances, here are five preseason storylines to follow for Week 3.

Offensive line inconsistencies

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Gang Green's offensive line has performed admirably in the preseason games against backups, but the unit is "a work in progress," as Mike LaFleur puts it. Couple that with the bevy of injuries to the group – namely Mekhi Becton (concussion), Alijah Vera-Tucker (pec strain) and a lot of missing reserves – and the line hasn't really played much together this preseason. Whichever group of five starts against Philly needs to play well. That would give Robert Saleh and LaFleur some confidence that, even if Becton and Vera-Tucker are limited before the season, some combination will still work up front. This game will also likely decide who wins the starting right tackle battle between George Fant and Morgan Moses -- should Becton suit up Week 1.

Zach Wilson's final tune-up

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This is the last time Wilson will play against another opponent before the Jets' Week 1 game against the Panthers. While he doesn't need to be exceptional, Wilson will want to continue his solid preseason and keep up the positive momentum heading into the regular season. He's looked very good through the first two games with a 75 percent completion rate, 191 passing yards, two scores and no turnovers or sacks. If he can keep up his high-efficiency rate, the Jets should begin the year on solid footing.

Defensive line rotation

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The losses of Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry have left the Jets a little more exposed on the edge than Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich would like. While the Jets have the bodies to fill those losses, you can't account for the loss of talent, veteran experience and leadership. How Ulbrich deploys his defensive line in this match will shed some light on how he plans to incorporate the rest of his players without Lawson or Curry in the regular season – unless, of course, the Jets trade for another pass rusher. Bryce Huff and Hamilcar Rashed Jr. are two guys to watch throughout this contest.

Who will lead the running back rotation?

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Here's the running back carry share through the first two preseason games: La'Mical Perine – 18 carries, Michael Carter – 17 carries, Ty Johnson – 15 carries, Tevin Coleman – four carries (one game), Josh Adams – two carries (one game). It's clear that LaFleur won't lean on one rusher and will instead incorporate at least three any given week. The Jets likely won't deviate from that strategy against the Eagles, but it will be interesting to see which running back performs the best and who gets the most carries.

Last chance for depth players to make roster

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The Jets have to cut 23 players by Tuesday afternoon, so this final preseason match will be important to those players at the back end of the roster. A lot of the starter and backup roles have been filled, but there are jobs to be had. For a Jets team that's incredibly young and still developing, this Eagles match will be critical as the coaching staff tries to find the right players to fill out the roster.

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