CORTLAND, N.Y. -- After a day off, the New York Jets are back on the practice field at 10 a.m. Monday, starting an unusually short week. They open the preseason Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts -- one of six Thursday games as the preseason kicks off its post-Hall of Fame schedule.
A few storylines we'll be following Monday:
You always look for lineup changes after a scrimmage or game. There probably won't be anything major, but we may see a re-distribution of practice reps among certain second- and third-teamers. Wide receiver Greg Salas and safety Rontez Miles certainly earned more reps after stellar performances in the Green & White scrimmage Saturday night. Rex Ryan said there won't be any change at quarterback, meaning Geno Smith will continue to take about 75 percent of the first-team snaps.
A few injured players bear watching, mainly running back Bilal Powell (hamstring) and three rookies -- safety Calvin Pryor (concussion), cornerback Dexter McDougle (groin) and wide receiver Shaq Evans (shoulder). Pryor appears close to returning after sitting for eight days. If he sits Monday, it could jeopardize his chances for Thursday night. That would be a setback because Pryor, projected as an opening-day starter, needs as many game reps as possible. Facing Andrew Luck would be a terrific learning experience for a young safety.
You'd like to think the offense will be highly motivated after taking an oh-fer in the scrimmage -- zero touchdowns in 12 possessions.