Following an offseason that was a blast for the New York Jets, there is much improved high-end starting talent on the roster. Some noteworthy starting players are still set for good years, potentially flying under the radar. Five of the Jets’ more underrated players at the moment will be mentioned below.
Corey Davis, WR
When the Jets signed Corey Davis to a three-year contract last offseason, there was excitement about his potential with the team. He showed some of his ability early in the preseason and a handful of regular-season games through the first half of 2021. Injuries caused him to end up missing nearly half of the season. Now, with all of the additions around him at running back, wide receiver, and tight end, Davis is not getting as much attention. This may end up benefitting him. He offers size, blocking, and a good intermediate-level receiving ability. Davis can very well produce more than anticipated in 2022.
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Tyler Conklin, TE
The one addition from this offseason on this list. Tyler Conklin was one of three tight ends added by the Jets this offseason. With the additions of C.J. Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert, it makes sense as to why Conklin may not be getting as much recognition. He had a break out 2021 after getting his first opportunity as a featured receiver in the passing game. As he turns 27 next month, he could be poised for his prime years. Conklin with help the Jets offense as both a pass-catcher and blocker. He can block in both the run and pass game. As a receiver, his best attributes are his route-running and reliable hands catching the football. Conklin could be better than expected for the Jets this year.
Connor McGovern, C
Connor McGovern ended up having a solid 2021 season for the Jets at center. In 2020, his first year with the team, he battled some injuries early in the season, and it impacted his play. Once the team went out and acquired Laurent Duvernay-Tardif last year, McGovern was a much improved, steady producer. He is a very good athlete and fits the zone running scheme Mike LaFleur coordinates. McGovern has proven himself as a reliable pass blocker. He is now going into his seventh NFL season. With bigger names and first-round picks like Laken Tomlinson, George Fant, Mekhi Becton, and Alijah Vera-Tucker, McGovern does slide under the radar. As he enters a contract year, expect a very good season from McGovern.
Bryce Huff, EDGE
The Jets’ pass rush lost a lot in 2021 went Bryce Huff got hurt in the middle of the season. Through his first two years as an undrafted free agent, Huff has shown some promise in pressuring the quarterback. He is a natural pass rusher with his speed and bend on the edge. The Jets’ defensive line has four well-known starters in Quinnen Williams, Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, and Jermaine Johnson. Huff will still be a contributor in a prominent depth role on the Jets’ defensive line.
Michael Carter II, CB
As a fifth-round rookie, Michael Carter II had a solid season as a slot cornerback that was a bit underrated. He helped in coverage, against the run, and as a pass rusher. Carter offers a ton of speed. The Jets made two big additions to their cornerback position with Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed this offseason. As a result, Carter is not garnering as much buzz. The additions of Gardner and Reed on the outside should help Carter inside. Carter will play this season at 23 years old and should continue to improve at an important position for the Jets.