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Jets vs. Panthers: First Preseason Meeting Between Teams

(Sports Network) - Fans at Bank of America Stadium will get a first-hand opportunity to witness the work of the new-look Carolina Panthers offense on Saturday night, when John Fox's squad welcomes the New York Jets to Charlotte in the second preseason game for each team.

With Matt Moore beginning his first season as the Panthers' top quarterback, Carolina fans will be expecting to see some crisp work from the first-team offense.

Moore played only briefly in the Panthers' 17-12 loss at the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday, completing 4-of-7 passes for 32 yards before yielding to backups. Among those reserves was rookie second-rounder Jimmy Clausen, who completed 8-of-15 passes for 80 yards and an interception.

Clausen, who is viewed by many as the future at the quarterback position for Carolina, should play extensively on Saturday.

Among those who won't appear for the Panthers is wide receiver Steve Smith, whose broken arm is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the preseason. Running back Jonathan Stewart (Achilles') is a question mark for Saturday.

Smith's absence should give four players competing for the No. 2 wideout job - Brandon LaFellDwayne JarrettWallace Wright and Kenny Moore - more of a chance to show what they can do against the Jets.

New York, meanwhile, will be back in action just five days after its 31-16 loss to the Giants in Monday night's debut of New Meadowlands Stadium.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez was 13-of-17 passing for 119 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the contest, but the Jets defense was surprisingly a trouble area for Rex Ryan's team.

With All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis still embroiled in a contract dispute with the team, the Jets allowed Giants undrafted rookie free agent wideout Victor Cruz to catch six passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

On the injury front for the Jets, center Nick Mangold (head) could be held out against the Panthers for precautionary reasons.

The Jets and Panthers will be meeting in preseason action for the first time.

The franchises last met in meaningful play in Week 12 of last season, a 17-6 Jets win at the Meadowlands.