The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the New York Jets:
Week 1 (Aug. 11-15) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Comment: Former Jets running back Chris Ivory returns to his old turf for his first game in a Jacksonville uniform. He left on good terms, so there shouldn't be any bad blood between him and the Jets. This would've been a great matchup in the regular season -- Ivory versus the Jets' D. It would've produced some ground-shaking collisions. Hey, who knows? Maybe the Jets and Jaguars will agree to combined practices as a prelude to the game.
Week 2 (Aug. 18-22) at Washington Redskins
Comment: Coach Todd Bowles faced his former team last year in the regular season -- and beat 'em, 34-20 -- but this will be a nostalgic trip back to D.C. His connection to the Redskins makes this a natural matchup for combined practices. Now that he's in Year 2 of his program, Bowles might be open to it. A year ago, Bowles didn't want to disrupt the training-camp routine because everything was so new and there was so much to learn.
Week 3 (Aug. 25-28) vs. New York Giants
Comment: The Jets will get a chance to face one of their most popular former players, nose tackle Damon Harrison, who left to sign a monster free-agent deal with the Giants -- five years, $46 million. Otherwise, the two local rivals will wage their battle for the coveted Snoopy Trophy (wink, wink), awarded to the winner of the annual preseason game at MetLife Stadium. It'll be weird not seeing Tom Coughlin on the other sideline.
Week 4 (Sept. 1) at Philadelphia Eagles
Comment: The annual Backup Bowl usually provides a showcase for the No. 3 quarterback. Boring game? Maybe not this time, considering the Jets' unsettled quarterback situation. Will it be Bryce Petty? A rookie? Last year it was Matt Flynn versus Josh Johnson, which turned out to be a dud.