Every coaching staff has a different approach when it comes to who plays in the preseason and how much, especially with there only being three exhibitions this year instead of four. Giants head coach Joe Judge has already ruled out two of his vital offensive starts while Jets head coach Robert Saleh is giving the green light for his starters to play.
Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones has been ruled out of the preseason opener by head coach Joe Judge and backup Mike Glennon will get the nod and the bulk of the reps for the Giants
On the other side of the field, Robert Saleh confirmed that Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson will play about a quarter on Saturday before they hand the reigns to James Morgan and Josh Johnson.
To no surprise, Giants running back Saquon Barkley will sit out of Saturday’s game as he’s coming off a season-ending ACL tear from last season. This opens the door for Devontae Booker to get the start and the likes of Corey Clement and company to log reps as the game moves on.
Tevin Coleman is listed at the top of the unofficial depth chart for the Jets and like Wilson, he’ll probably get a quarter of action. The second quarter and beyond is a spot for rookie Michael Carter to get some valuable carries as he begins his NFL career.
Prized free agent signing Kenny Golladay has been working through a leg injury during camp so it’s highly doubtful that he’ll suit up against the Jets. Expect rookie Kadarius Toney, Darius Slayton, and John Ross to get a decent number of snaps in the first half.
Rookie Jets receiver Elijah Moore left practice on Thursday with a quad injury and will most likely be out for Saturday’s contest. Free-agent signing Corey Davis sits pretty at the top of the depth chart and he’ll most likely go for about a quarter or so. The Jets relooking for depth at the position so we’ll see plenty of Jamison Crowder, Jeff Smith, and Denzel Mims.
Pro Bowl tight end Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph are solidly entrenched as the Giants’ top two TE options so expect to see plenty of Kaden Smith and Tommy Stevens throughout the game.
Tyler Kroft is currently sitting at the top of the Jets’ tight end depth chart but he should be on tap for plenty of snaps in the first half to establish of rapport with his new teammates. Behind him, Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, and Kenny Yeboah are also slated to get in on the action.