Detroit Lions preseason: Why the New York Jets are a good test

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In the second preseason game, what can we learn about the Detroit Lions progress after a meeting with the New York Jets? Let’s discuss it.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a tackle against Michael Roberts #80 of the Detroit Lions in the first half of a preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets are up next for the Detroit Lions this preseason. They square off this Saturday, August nineteenth, at Ford Field.

The Jets were one of the worst teams in football last season and selected sixth in the 2017 NFL Annual Selection Meeting, otherwise known as the NFL draft. Let’s discuss some things to watch for in preseason game number two for the Motor City Leo’s.

The Jets went largely defense in this past draft and still have some big issues left to work out. They chose to sign journeyman quarterback Josh McCown, and surprised many by not drafting another arm. New York has two young arms on the roster, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. The Jets selected both in the prior two drafts.

The Jets did, however, draft multiple wide receivers and five of their nine picks were defense, including their top two.

Mike Maccagnan, the Jets general manager, selected a pair of safeties, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, in rounds one and two, respectively. That could be a great duo for a long time, and it is a huge upgrade for them, defensively.

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The second preseason game is also going to afford us more time of seeing the starters than the one drive we saw in game one. Traditionally, although the biggest goal is to stay healthy, teams often allow their first team to play several series, somewhere around a quarter. Game three is often a chance for starters to play roughly an entire half.