2022 NY Jets spring depth chart preview: Safeties

NY Jets, Lamarcus Joyner, Jordan Whitehead
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4. What are the biggest storylines to watch at OTAs and training camp for the 2022 NY Jets safety group?

When the Jets landed Jordan Whitehead in free agency, fans couldn't have been happier, and the former Buc has been penciled in as a Week 1 starter, but the biggest storyline out of OTAs/training camp is just who will be his running mate?

The obvious choice is veteran Lamarcus Joyner who has the most experience, and when healthy over the past few years, has been quite effective. But he has a few young guys gunning for that spot.

Jason Pinnock, Ashtyn Davis, Elijah Riley, and Will Parks can all definitely hold their own at the NFL level, but unfortunately for the Jets, they just can't make big-time plays consistently like Joyner yet.

With two experienced players likely starting for the Jets, this gives the young guys plenty of time to grow and learn under great teachers, so camp may produce some interesting moments. Overall, it should be a quiet one for this group.

5. Predictions for the 2022 NY Jets safety group?

The Jets aren't expecting their safeties to be stars in 2022, but they feel confident in their defensive unit as a whole, and therefore, it's hard to pinpoint just how effective this group will be in the upcoming season.

We'll no doubt see some solid hits and game-changing plays from Joyner and Whitehead, but unfortunately, it's not enough to see them be recognized as one of the top 10-15 units in the NFL entering the season.

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Thankfully, the Jets have enough potential up front and at the cornerback spot that they don't need this group to be perfect. They just need to play their role and impact the game to be effective, and Robert Saleh, Joe Douglas, and the Jets believe they can do just that.