Much is in store for the fans and the players at the Jets' second home game of the season, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, at MetLife Stadium this afternoon.
C Kevin Mawae will become the 18th member of the Ring of Honor during halftime induction ceremonies. And among the Mawae fans watching on will be more than 75 Green & White alumni as part of Jets Legends Homecoming weekend.
Six of the Legends expected to be in attendance are fellow Ring of Honor members Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Curtis Martin, Joe Klecko, Emerson Boozer and Wayne Chrebet. And Namath, Maynard and Martin will all receive their Pro Football Hall of Fame Rings of Excellence in a special pregame tribute.
Finally, the stands have been asked to wear white to this fourth annual White Out game. The color scheme will extend to the field, where the Jets will wear their white jerseys and white pants in doing battle against the Jaguars. Both teams are coming off victories — the Jets in their home opener over Miami, the Jags in a rout of the Ravens in London — and trying to build on their early momentum as they head into the second quarter of the season.
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RB Matt Forte unfortunately will be sitting out the festivities. As head coach Todd Bowles announced Friday, Forté (knee/toe) will not play today. Bilal Powell heads up the RBs, along with rookie Elijah McGuire, who leads the ground game with 4.8 yards/carry, and newly signed Travaris Cadet, who is active.
The Jets have announced three lineup changes in light of injuries: Brent Qvale will start for Brandon Shell at RT, TE Eric Tomlinson is listed as the starter in place of Forte, and at OLB, David Bass will start for Josh Martin.
The Jets' full inactives list:
■ QB Christian Hackenberg
■ RB Matt Forté
■ CB Derrick Jones
■ T Brandon Shell
■ TE Will Tye
■ TE Jordan Leggett
■ LB Josh Martin
Bowles has named five gameday captains: G Brian Winters, T Kelvin Beachum, S Jamal Adams, S Marcus Maye and S Terrence Brooks.
This is the fourth year the Jets have staged a "White Out" at MetLife Stadium. In the 2014 season opener, the Jets in all white defeated Oakland 19-14. In 2015 they lost to Philadelphia in Game 3, 24-17. And last year they dropped a 27-17 verdict to Seattle in Game 4.
It's the 10th game the Jets have worn white/white under Bowles and the fourth home game.
Gene Steratore is the referee. This is Steratore's 13th Jets game as referee since 2006. He officiated the '06 opening-day win at Tennessee, the '08 Thursday night overtime win at New England and the 2010 AFC Wild Card win at Indianapolis.