The third preseason game traditionally is when teams veer as close to a regular-season look as we're going to get before the real games begin.
Debate: Preseason Week 3 spotlight
If the New York Jets wanted to roll out the Wildcat this August, Sunday's tilt against the Carolina Panthers loomed as a fitting laboratory, but don't hold your breath. Rex Ryantold Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger he won't unveil the Tim Tebow-heavy sub package before the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 9.
"Well, let's get them to prepare for it a little bit," Ryan said, half serious. "But I don't see us really running the Wildcat in the preseason."
The Wildcat offense hasn't saved teams from these problems before, so it's a stretch to characterize the gimmick as some secret weapon being handcrafted in Florham Park. The to-do list for the Jets runs much deeper.