By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
September 8th, 2013
W2W4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Jets
The New York Jets will be kicking off their 2013-2014 season at home with a new regime running the show after an off-season of lots of change, as they will be facing off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a familiar face in Darrelle Revis.
- Return Of Revis Island
Revis will be making his return to Met Life Stadium after tearing up his knee last year, but this year he wont be playing in the green and white anymore, as in one of the biggest moves of the off-season, Revis was sent to the Buccaneers. It will be something to watch for early to see how the Jets attack their former best player coming off surgery, as they may look to run outside to his side, or possibly have Geno Smith go at him in the passing game to see just how healthy Revis is.
- Geno Era Begins
Smith will be getting the start in Week 1 for the Jets, as with the injury to Mark Sanchez that will be keeping him out for a few weeks, it allowed Smith to get the start despite not looking all that good in the Preseason. General Manager John Idzik certainly wants Smith to succeed, as he took Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft, and seems to think that he can be the Quarterback of the Jets moving forward. Lots of rookie Quarterbacks have seen success in their first year out of college, as last year especially Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson all were big reasons that their teams made the playoffs, and the Jets will hope Smith sees success like other rookies have had lately.
- Big Threat
The Buccaneers offense has a dynamic dual threat Running Back in Doug Martin, who will be entering his second season after an outstanding rookie year. Martin playing in all 16 games, and rushed for 1,454 yards on 319 attempts, which is a nice 4.6 yards per carry. Martin was also effective in the passing game helping out Quarterback Josh Freeman last season, as Martin caught 49 passes for 472 yards, with one receiving touchdown to go along with his 11 rushing touchdowns. The two men who figure to have the task of watching Martin will be David Harris and DeMario Davis, who both had their issues guarding the pass in the preseason, which is something the Buccaneers might be looking to exploit.
- Injury Notes
Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to play on Sunday after missing the last 11 months of action due to foot surgery which cut his 2012 season short. Holmes will figure to be limited in Week 1, but is certainly a boost for Smith and the offense when he is able to be on the field. Defensive Tackle Kendrick Ellis is the biggest question mark on the Jets injury report with a back injury that has kept him out for the last three Preseason games, and Mark Sanchez and Quinton Coples as expected will both be out.