The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight.
It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively.
Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets are extremely thin at cornerback -- to the point where Jamal Adams said he would volunteer to play if that's what was needed. Of course, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wouldn't place Adams into a preseason game in a different position, but that's where Gang Green is at these days.
Trumaine Johnson, who was having a fine camp, injured his hamstring after intercepting Sam Darnold during practice earlier this week. He's looking at a Week 1 return. Kyron Brown, an undrafted rookie who was taking first team reps in place of Johnson, also injured his hamstring on Monday.
So that leaves Arthur Maulet, a corner with just 12 games of NFL experience under his belt since 2017, the starter opposite Darryl Roberts. GM Joe Douglas did go out and add some depth with veteran Marcus Cooper coming into play, but since that happened on Tuesday, it's highly unlikely he gets significant time, if any, tonight.
This match up, then, could truly expose this Jets secondary's lack of depth heading into the new season. Luckily, these games don't count, but it will be an eye opener if the Falcons have their way in the air against this defense. With receivers like Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Calvin Ridley on the roster, having a solid group to cover them is necessary to keep points off the board.
The way the Jets' depth chart is stacked up now, though, it's hard to see them stopping that pass attack tonight. It will be something Jets fans should watch closely.