It’s been an exciting and fast-paced start to camp for the New York Jets. Below are the five biggest surprises of camp going into the Giants game.
1. Rookie Defenders – Something that has stood out to me is the quick development of some of the Jets’ late round picks. Hamsah Nasirildeen, Brandin Echols, Jason Pinnock, Jamien Sherwood have all gotten a ton of reps with the one’s and two’s early in camp and all have had positive moments. I expect Nasirildeen and Echols to seriously contend for starting roles come week one and Sherwood and Pinnock to develop and get some playing experience in 2021.
2. Denzel Mims – What is surprising to me is the panic from the media and fan base when it comes to the second year wideout. He had a rough spring (stomach illness) and an even rougher start to camp, running with the twos and three’s while struggling with the playbook and drops. Mims has flattened out over the past two or three days and needs to continue to stack good days together to ensure he is getting a lot of reps with Wilson going into the opener.
3. Mehki Becton – Becton, coming off of a strong rookie year, was expected to take training camp by the horns and assert his dominance in this perfect scheme fit. Mehki has struggled a lot throughout camp, partly due to Carl Lawson as well as the lack of consistency at left guard. I wouldn’t be overly concerned about Becton, especially with the performance of Dan Feeney next to him, which is leading to a bunch of the sacks, but I do think it’s fair to say Becton is going to need to take his play to next level before the real games start.
4. The Running Backs – Going into camp, I felt like running backs was one of the weaker groups on the Jets’ offense–not because of potential but because we really didn’t know what to expect. Thus far, the running back group has been impressive, and four players who all should make the roster have had their bright spots. Michael Carter has taken a bunch of starting reps, but La’Mical Perine, Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson have all ran well and will give the Jets a solid backfield with some pop and play-making to it.
5. CJ Mosley & Jarad Davis – The Jets are betting big on potential with this linebacker group, specifically on the return of CJ Mosley to 2018/19 form and Jarrad David to his college and rookie year tape. Davis has been calling a majority of the plays for the defense and Mosley looks in as good a shape as he ever has. Both former 1st round picks have high potential, especially the former all-pro Mosley, and so far in camp they have formed a nice partnership that could pay huge dividends for this defense and team in 2021. Both guys are away from coaches that become draining on their love of the game and both have looked the part thus far in camp.