This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
Last week I gave a prolonged explanation for my simple thesis on the preseason: Scores and statistics don't matter, but we do get some useful hints about how coaches plan to use their players. I don't care about Jamison Crowder's 28-yard gain or three-yard touchdown; I do care that he played every snap with the first-team offense.
Before we jump in for Week 2 observations, let's take a quick look back to update the players I discussed last week:
Crowder played 14 snaps in Thursday's win over Atlanta, while fellow starters Sam Darnold, Chris Herndon, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Ty Montgomery logged 16 apiece. The Jets have used the exact same grouping on 21 of 23 first-team snaps this preseason, with coach Adam Gase carrying his love for 11 personnel (3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB) over from Miami. I'm sure he'll diversify a little during the regular season, but this is at least a hint that Anderson, Enunwa and Crowder all will play a lot of snaps and run a lot of routes.
The biggest remaining question is how often Montgomery subs in for Le'Veon Bell. Yes, I'm comfortable assuming Montgomery is the No. 2 back, with his preseason usage supporting what Jets beat writers already had been saying. In terms of Week 1, it's mostly just a concern for DFS — Bell is an obvious must-start either way, while Montgomery's best-case scenario for workload wouldn't warrant starter consideration outside of ultra-deep