One Jet who will play is wide receiver Stephen Hill, and his job appears to be on the line. The former second-round draft pick, a major disappointment in his first two years with the team, has just two catches for 29 yards in three preseason games. Fellow wideouts Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson are locks to make the final roster, and coach Rex Ryan talked up Greg Salas and Saalim Hakim on Tuesday, and fourth-round pick Jalen Saunders is currently tabbed as the team's No. 1 punt returner. Hill better make some plays Thursday, or else his Jets career could be over.
Aug 03, 2014 · 7:36 PM EDT
Jets WR Greg Salas almost seemed surprised by all the fuss.
Sure, he was perhaps the biggest star of the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. But as far as the wide receiver was concerned, there was nothing unusual about his performance.
"This is what I do in practice," Salas said. "I make catches. I make plays in practice and I was glad I could come out here and do the same in this little scrimmage we had."
Salas is part of crowded competition to win a spot in the Jets' receiving corps. He had five catches for 54 yards in the practice that was dominated by the defense. He dropped a pass, too, but that didn't take away from a solid night. Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley have jobs locked up, but Salas is among a group that includes Stephen Hill, David Nelson, Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates and rookies Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa competing for the last three or four spots.
Brian Costello of the New York Post predicts that David Nelson will win the Jets' WR2 job: "Nelson is in the mix to be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver. The Jets have several guys fighting for the spot, but Nelson appears to be the favorite judging from OTA and minicamp snaps.
"The starting job is not guaranteed for Nelson. His roster spot is not even guaranteed. He is battling Stephen Hill and draft picks Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa. But Nelson is a professional receiver, something those others have not proven, so I would give him the edge in winning a starting job."
The team has far more invested in Stephen Hill, and by most accounts he has had a great offseason and is fully healthy. Jeremy Kerley is probably the most accomplished receiver in the bunch, but the Jets may want to use him solely in the slot. This is a position battle to monitor during camp.