Well last week obviously didn't work out as we hoped. With Robert Woods sidelined, the hope was that we would have more looks at TJ Graham and Marquise Goodwin to get a greater idea of what we have with them. Unfortunately the offense was a dud and EJ Manuel was not ready for the field. Marrone can say what he wants, but EJ needed to be held back another week to get prepared to play. I posted this in my initial reaction to him being cleared and the way the game played out, who can disagree with that assessment?
Anyways, heading into what will likely be another tough matchup for this offense, we are again without Robert Woods and likely without Stevie Johnson. That means that our top 2 WRs are going to be TJ Graham and Marquise Goodwin. It will be a great opportunity (again) for both to show what they are capable of, especially since both will be on the field at the same time quite a bit. This creates more opportunities to evaluate them. However, the way our offense played as a whole, how rusty EJ Manuel looked, and how good the Jets defense is, this match-up may be another bad one for us to evaluate our WRs.
It isn't just Graham and Goodwin though. A lot of people were calling for Marcus Easley to see the field, especially after he has done a terrific job as a gunner on Special Teams. He has seen limited reps on offense, but as possibly the 3rd or 4th option this week, he's obviously going to see more reps with the offense, which is the opportunity he's been waiting for. Again, it's a terrible match-up for us and we have a lot of inconsistency with Manuel just coming back, but Easley and Chris Hogan are the beggers and not the choosers.
On a side note, we'll be seeing David Nelson this week. While I wish him luck, I'm not very fond of seeing him on a division rival playing against us.
Usually I have a greater idea of how the game will work out. I'm optimistic quite a bit, but this week I'm thinking we're going to have another terrible offensive output, much like we did last week and against the Jets the first time. That will prevent us from being able to evaluate anybody at the WR position, now that we have the ability to due to the injuries we have sustained. Here's hoping for another 20 penalty game by New York.