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  • David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer - Aug 6, 2023

Reich, however, did not commit to how many snaps or series the top pick of the 2023 NFL draft would get in the game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina."I do have an idea,'' Reich said. "There is flexibility in the plan. There has to be. That's just being smart about it. We have a general idea how many plays we want to get through the whole preseason, but that can be adjusted by 10 or 20 percent depending on how things go.''

Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't expected to play. Coach Robert Saleh recently said the four-time MVP would play only in the team's final preseason game against the New York Giants if he felt the starters needed work.Rodgers will get most of his work in joint practices against the Panthers on Wednesday and Thursday at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

rest of above article  >>   https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/38145177/panthers-rookie-qb-bryce-young-start-preseason-opener

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Jets reported to training camp three weeks ago. But now the true test begins – physically and competitively.

The Jets are headed south for joint practices with the Panthers on Wednesday and Thursday at Wofford College, before heading over to Charlotte for Saturday afternoon’s second preseason game.The Jets reported a week early for camp because of Saturday’s Hall of Fame game against the Browns in Canton. And while the practices had competitive intensity, they also knew that it was too early for positional battles to be won.But now they’re less than five weeks before the start of the regular season, and it’s time to see how they stack up against another opponent. And the coaching staff will be watching very carefully.

“There’s a lot of things that we’ve got to go through and there’s a lot of games left,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said last month when talking specifically about the positional battles on the offensive line. “But those [practice] scrimmages with Carolina and Tampa I think are going to be a big measuring stick and it’s going to allow us more clarity. The Jets had to deal with a heat wave for the first week of practice, but now they’ll have to deal with the heat and humidity of the Carolinas, with the temperature in the 80s for their morning practices and forecasted to be around 95 at kickoff on Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

So what can you expect in the days ahead? Here’s everything you need to know.

Protecting the quarterback

There were a few nervous moments on Saturday when quarterback Aaron Rodgers came up limping in team drills after a pass rusher stepped on his foot. He ended up being fine, but it served as a reminder that anything can happen in practice.

“Yeah, that’s 32 teams,” Saleh said after Saturday’s practice. “That’s every single season, stay off the quarterback. That’s why they wear red, but every once in a while, it happens.”And with the Jets now practicing against a team that won’t be as worried about protecting the 39-year-old quarterback, it’s fair to wonder if Saleh has any reservations about putting Rodgers out there against the Panthers. But Saleh said it’s going to be something both teams harp on heading into the joint sessions.

“Oh, yeah,” Saleh said. “We do it all the time. Stay off the quarterback. Respect the quarterback. Every player knows how important those quarterbacks are, but stay up, stay off them. It goes without saying, but you’re always going to try to make it a point of emphasis.”

Of course, Rodgers will be free game once the season starts. But for now, the priority is getting him there without incident.

Big week for o-line

The Jets have a lot of positional battles, but the most compelling are on the offensive line. Duane Brown is expected to start at left tackle, but he’s still not back, and the Jets have been rotating Max Mitchell and Billy Turner at the tackle positions. Mitchell has had the stronger start to camp, giving him the edge on the right tackle battle. But Mekhi Becton could also enter the picture depending on how this pivotal week goes for him.

Becton was supposed to play 20-25 snaps in the Hall of Fame game, but pulled himself after seven snaps because he felt discomfort in his knee on the turf in Canton. It’s getting late in camp for Becton to not be hitting his benchmarks, so for him to have a realistic shot at winning a job he’ll have to stay on the field for a significant amount of time in both practices and the game. That’s the only way the Jets are going to get a good evaluation of where his body and form is at.

Meanwhile, Joe Tippman had a rough start to camp and seemed to play himself out of a chance at winning the starting job. But Saleh went out of the way to praise Tippmann’s play against the Browns, seemingly opening the door to him competing with Connor McGovern for the starting center job.“Tip had a really strong game against Cleveland,” Saleh said on Sunday. “I thought he did a really nice job. It was a pleasant surprise. Obviously, out on the practice field and with all the different things that are going on, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs especially for a rookie, so we were looking forward to seeing him on the field and so it was a pleasant surprise. He held his own. Won a lot of his one-on-ones, did a really nice job communicating. Assignment wise was really good, so he did a really nice job, so hopefully he can continue to stack it, bring it to practice, keep stacking great days, and see where it takes him.”

Injury questions

The Jets have a couple of key injury question marks heading into the joint practices. Defensive end Carl Lawson (back) has missed the last two practices and receiver Garrett Wilson (ankle) has been out for more than a week. Wilson is expected to return for the joint practices, according to Saleh. We’ll find out more when Saleh updates reporters Wednesday.

Schedule

The Jets were set to depart for South Carolina after Tuesday morning’s practice in Florham Park. They’ll practice at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Practices are open to the public at Wofford College. Saleh is scheduled to speak to reporters before practice on both days, with player interviews after practice. The game is set for 4 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

 >>   https://www.nj.com/jets/2023/08/jets-panthers-joint-practices-everything-you-need-to-know-including-3-key-storylines.html

 
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