ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini's July 8 post, "Take 5: Breakout players for 2013" features new starters or significant role players for the New York Jets. However, it includes no surprises. Are there players entering training camp with low expectations who might emerge with significantly greater roles?
Reports from rookie camp, OTAs and minicamp indicate that the answer is a definite maybe. For example, Cimini's minicamp "studs" list included players who were either undrafted free agents (UDFAs) or players of limited NFL experience. Jets' senior reporter Eric Allen has also singled out wide receivers whose offseason performances offset their limited resumes.
At least one player you'll meet here is fighting for his professional life.
None of these surprise players are likely to start. Their importance is supplying depth.
In 2012, inadequate depth, especially at the offensive skill positions, was a factor in the Jets finishing 6-10 and essentially out of the playoffs. When top receivers like Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill succumbed to injuries, their replacements weren't credible substitutes. The offense stagnated.
Maybe one or more of these players can be the super sub who saves the day when a crisis strikes. Meet them and decide for yourself.
- Depth Charts: ESPNNewYork.com and Ourlads NFL Scouting Services
- New York Jets' Roster: Official New York Jets Player Roster
- Player Statistics: Pro-Football-Reference.com