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What The Opponents Are Saying: New York Jets Prepare For Raiders


New York Jets Running Back Matt Forte

It's that time of the week again, when we take a glance at what this week's opponent is saying about the Silver and Black. This Sunday the Oakland Raiders will host the New York Jets in their home opener at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which will also be the first time running back Marshawn Lynch has played in the Silver and Black in front of his home crowd in a regular season game.

With the anticipation building, here's a look at what the Jets are saying.

Head Coach Todd Bowles

Bowles commented on the battle the Jets will face with the Raiders offensive line.

"I know those guys are tough and huge up front. They're very tough and very smart players, so it'll be a good matchup."

He talked about the addition of tight end Jared Cook, and the depth he brings.

"He just brings another weapon among a team that already has a ton of weapons. He can run. He can catch the ball. He can run routes. He does a lot of things for them. It's almost like having four wide receivers if you want to have you want to have him out there, but at the same time, he can run block as well, so it brings another dimension for him."

Bowles respects Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, and the tenacity he brings off the edge.

"It's going to be tough. You better bring your lunch every time you go up against him. Three wasn't enough. Maybe we'll try five or six. He's a tough player. He's All-Pro for a reason. We know how good he is. We just have to try to slow him down a little bit enough to try and make some plays."

Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams

The former USC Trojan believes quarterback Derek Carr is the key to the Raiders offense.

"They have a lot of great weapons on offense, but I think number one overall is their quarterback. He's a great player, and they take so few sacks, not taking away from their o-line, but because he gets the ball out so fast."

From one defensive lineman to another, Williams shared his thoughts on Mack.

"I personally think he's probably the best defensive player in the league right now. Obviously I'm a defensive player myself, so I don't like saying that, I want to compete with him and be the best guy myself. But watching him on film, he's a great player."

Wide Receiver Jermaine Kearse

After playing with Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch in Seattle for a few years, he discussed what it will be like to see him play for his hometown.

"Marshawn is a good friend of mine, and obviously he's a great running back. He's one of the best running backs I've got to see play personally with my own two eyes. It's going to be good seeing him back in the Black and Silver playing for his hometown."

Running Back Matt Forte

The 10-year veteran looks forward to playing in the Coliseum, and experiencing the atmosphere.

"It's a good atmosphere, as a competitor and athlete you like to play in atmospheres like that. I've played there twice before and I think it's not that big of a deal. When you play away games you're in a hostile environment anyway, their fans don't like you."

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