What to watch out for at the Green & White practice

The Jets host their annual "Green & White practice" tonight at Rutgers University, so let's summarize what to expect.

Assuming they keep the same format as last year, you can expect the Jets to run through their usual stretch and 1-on-1, individual and 7-on-7 drills for the first half of practice. They'll then run an extended scrimmage with the quarterbacks taking it in turns to run drives, mixing up the personnel they work with and against.

To give you an idea of the importance of this scrimmage, standouts from last year included Chris Harper, Frank Beltre and Romar Morris, none of whom made the team. However, Marcus Maye had a pick-six and Quincy Enunwa suffered a season-ending injury so there were a few things that impacted upon the regular season.

On offense

Naturally most of the attention will be on the quarterback competition. After just three practices can Sam Darnold drive the team as efficiently as the two veterans currently ahead of him. We know what to expect from Josh McCown, but how will Teddy Bridgewater fare?

The tight end battle is another interesting one to watch. Jordan Leggett missed the last few practices, so if he can't participate it gives the other candidates a chance to impress. So far, rookie Chris Herndon and Leggett seem to be ahead of Neal Sterling and Clive Walford in the battle to be the pass-catching complement to Eric Tomlinson.

At wide receiver, there should be plenty of opportunities available with Quincy Enunwa out with a hand injury and Terrelle Pryor having been limited so far. Last year's rookies Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart should have the inside track on roster spots, but with Stewart suspended for the first couple of games, Tre McBride is pushing for a closer look.

On the offensive line, the starting line-up seems set but there's good competition for reserve roles. Ben Braden spent last year on the practice squad but saw some first team reps last week. He, along with new additions Antonio Garcia and Travis Swanson, has a good chance to take a spot from one of last year's reserves.

On defense

Leonard Williams is the unquestioned leader on the defensive line now, but it will be interesting to see how new additions Henry Anderson and Nathan Shepherd will fare as both have been getting plenty of first team reps.

The Jets also desperately need someone to step up and produce as a pass rusher off the edge. There's a big role available for anyone who impresses.

At inside linebacker, there is a good competition for reserve roles, but the most interesting thing to watch will be how well Darron Lee and Avery Williamson play together. Will there be any miscommunications with Lee in charge of playcalling?

At cornerback, the top three roles seem settled but youngsters Derrick Jones and Parry Nickerson have had strong camps so far as they look to oust the likes of Juston Burris, Rashard Robinson and Darryl Roberts off the roster.

Finally, at safety, Marcus Maye could be limited again, which could give Doug Middleton more opportunities to build on a strong showing during the first week. This could also be a showcase for Jamal Adams - who missed last year's scrimmage - to continue to put his stamp on the defense and perhaps work towards having even more of an impact in his second season.

Special teams

The Jets don't seem to practice full speed special teams drills these days, focusing instead on setting up their blocking schemes and giving the return men plenty of practice in fielding kicks and punts. We'll probably have to wait until preseason to get a handle on this competition.

Kickers Cairo Santos and Taylor Bertolet will likely go head to head on six field goals each to open practice. The media hasn't been paying any attention to this matchup so far and it seems the assumption is that the more-experienced Santos will earn the role.

We'll have a live updates thread with a link to the twitter list later on.

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