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

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 13: Ameer Abdullah
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Lions Versus Jets 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 28: Eric Decker #87 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the defense of Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on September 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images) /

When the Jets have the ball

Our defensive line versus their offensive line. We need to improve upon our thirtieth ranked sack production from a year ago. Cornelius Washington, Anthony Zettel, and the rest of our defensive ends, need to improve every game.

We also need pressure up the middle from tackles A’Shawn Robinson, Haloti Ngata, Akeem Spence, and company.

While waiting for end, Ziggy Ansah, to return from injury, we need all hands on deck.

Jets receivers versus our secondary. This is more of a weakness on weakness kind of battle. Our secondary was horrid last year, giving up the worst quarterback rating in all of pro football.

The Lions have a solid, if not spectacular, corner back in Darius Slay. Glover Quin, our free safety, has also played very well. He just inked a new deal to stay for two more years.

The Jets have several receivers on injured reserve, out for large chunks of the season. The Jets have a bevy of young pass catchers that are hungry after the team let their former starters go.

We have a test that isn’t crazy hard but a good one for a team trying to find answers. Nevin Lawson and D.J. Hayden are the right corner and slot corner. Both would like to turn the page on poor showings in 2016; Lawson was hurt and Hayden was let go due to general ineffectiveness.

There isn’t anyone pushing either guy in camp. Jalen “Teez” Tabor has been mostly forgettable, but, he’s only a rookie.

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If you read my last column, you know how I feel about that cop-out. Golladay is only a rookie, too.

Who are you excited to see more of? Let me know what you think in the comments.