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5 Storylines to Watch: Jets-Eagles

Return Battle Enters Final Stage, Anderson Flies Back to Philly & Robinson Could Be Unleashed


Owl Back in Philly: Heading into the final week of the preseason, Robby Anderson leads the NFL in both receiving yards (203) and receptions resulting in first downs (8). Six of 11 Anderson's receptions have gone for 20 yards and he is averaging 18.5 yards a catch. In each of the last two games, Anderson has a touchdown grab. A cornerback at Temple  who left the team in 2013, Anderson came back as a non-scholarship athlete, transitioned to wideout, and set a school record that season with 239 receiving yards against SMU. His 70 receptions and 939 receiving yards last season rank second on Temple's all-time list. Temple plays its home games at Lincoln Financial Field and a streaking Anderson, hoping to cement his place on the Jets final 53, will make his pro return to The Linc Thursday. Both Jets head coach Todd Bowles and DL Muhammad Wilkerson also played collegiately at Temple.

Stanford Surge: Listed behind Erin Henderson and Darron Lee on the depth chart, veteran LB Julian Stanford has quietly put together a fine summer. A Wagner product in his third professional season, the 6'1", 230-pound Stanford originally joined the Jets practice squad last December. He has totaled 12 defensive tackles in preseason play with one sack and he also has a pair of special teams tackles. The Jets have better depth in 2016 and Stanford is one of the players who is expected to see a lot of defensive time against the Eagles.

Khiry's Carries: In Week 3, the Jets got Matt Forte his first game action of the preseason as the veteran back had 12 touches against the Giants. This week, the Green & White could get Khiry Robinson into the mix. After breaking his leg last November with the Saints, Robinson signed with the Jets early in free agency. He did not participate in spring activities, started training camp on the PUP list and was activated on August 8. Two weeks later, Robinson got clearance for team drills. The 6'0", 220-pounder is a physical back who can deliver punishment and he also exhibits notable lateral quicks. Perhaps No. 31 gets a few live touches before the regular season commences.

Hack Part II: Jets head coach Todd Bowles confirmed he will play both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg Thursday and he will do his best to even out the reps. Hackenberg, who led the Jets to a TD on his first drive as a pro, finished 6 of 16 against the Giants with a TD and a INT. Hackenberg said he had a "blast" and it was a dream come true to get his NFL career underway. The 6'4", 228-pounder, who played collegiately at Penn State, will look to establish comfort against the Eagles and execute the offense as his preseason comes to a close.

Last Returns: The Green & White have assembled impressive depth at the wide receiver position. A potential tiebreaker in a case or two could be return ability. Veteran Jeremy Ross, who scored on a punt return and a kick return while with the Lions against the Eagles in 2013, had a 51-yard kickoff return vs. JAX and a 28-yard punt return against the Giants. Rookie Jalin Marshall had a scintillating 84-yard return vs. JAX and Chandler Worthy got into the mix at the MetLife Bowl with a deft 52-yard punt return. In regard to the return position, Bowles said, "the last game will tell a lot." He also said it's possible the Jets could keep three rookie receivers in the aforementioned Marshall and Anderson in addition to seventh-round pick Charone Peake.

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