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New York Jets vs Philadelphia Eagles
|MetLife Stadium, New Jersey|
|New York Jets||Philadelphia Eagles|
Valentine Holmes and three other Aussies continue their NFL journeys, as the New York Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 9am (AEST).
This match will become a unique snippet in the history of Australian sport, with four Australians involved in a pre-season NFL fixture for the first time.
Monster-sized Jordan Mailata and punter Cameron Johnston will wear the uniform of Philly, while Valentine Holmes and Lachlan Edwards will suit up for the home side.
Edwards looks assured of a spot in the final 53-man squad, while both Mailata and Johnston do not. As for Holmes, all we are saying is give Val a chance.
The former Cronulla and State of Origin star has had such limited opportunity with the Jets to this point it is hard to know whether he can actually develop into a valuable NFL player.
Last week against the Saints, Holmes saw the ball once and a decent punt return it was. However, he saw no action as a running back or wide receiver; the positions he appears to have been attempting to perfect.
This match will be quite different from the other pre-season encounters as many of the stars in both squads will be rested after blowing out the cobwebs in Week 3.
That gives players like Holmes and Maitala a chance to impress. Whether the playing time they receive is enough to sway a selection decision in their favour is another story altogether, but it will be nice to see both receive a little extra time on the field.
As for the kickers, well, get on, kick and get off. Pretty simple really. Any errors hamper their chances of securing an NFL contract in the elite squad for 2019.
Predicting this one is a foolhardy exercise. For what it is worth, I am seeing a Jets win off the back of a solid effort against the Saints, three touchdowns to Holmes and a half-dozen successful extra-point kicks for Edwards.
It will be a day all of Australia can celebrate as our four competitors make their final statements in the NFL pre-season.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: Friday 30th August 2019, 9am (AEST)
TV: No Australian free to air or Pay television coverage
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 9am (AEST).