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Tonight's goal: The Jets offense needs to take off

After watching airmailed passes and sluggish running plays in practice this week, Rex Ryan said his offense looked as if it had seen "a ghost or something."

Entering the third preseason game against the Redskins tonight, starters will have about three quarters to show their not afraid to put points on the board. The Jets defense has maintained its moxie through training camp, but the offense has looked timid and out of sync.

Mark Sanchez went 5-for-12 for 12 yards and almost threw two picks in last weeks game versus the Panthers. In the first two preseason games, his first-possession passing numbers were terrible -- 1-for-3, minus-1 yard, one interception and two sacks. The coaching staff is looking for more attitude and a better rhythm from the offense, and it starts with the quarterback.

“We were stagnant and not [feeling] the type of tempo we like,” Sanchez said after Tuesday's practice. “That kind of happens when you translate transition out of training camp and get back to the [regular season] facility.”

Receivers have noticed the same problem.

“It’s important for us as whole as an offense to make sure it’s not only Mark,” Cotchery said, agreeing that the passing game has not been smooth. “We have to establish some kind of rhythm in order to keep the chains moving and put points on the board. You can’t do that if you’re not playing with great tempo, and we don’t have a rhythm.”

The final preseason game is the best chance for backups and guys on the fringes to make their mark, but with the first cutdown on Tuesday (75 players) here are some guys looking to standout after the 1s exit in the second half: QB Kellen Clemens, RBs Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington, FB Jason Davis, WR David Clowney and PR Larry Taylor. The final cutdown is September 4 to 53 players.

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