3 NY Jets who improved the most during the 2021 season

NY Jets, Braxton Berrios
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NY Jets, Braxton Berrios
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2. Braxton Berrios, WR, NY Jets

In a season that saw more than one disappointment at the wide receiver position, Braxton Berrios made sure to make the most of his playing time and establish himself as one of the key players in the Jets' offense by the season's end.

A former waiver-wire pickup, Berrios had primarily been a special-teamer in his time with the Jets. He'd served as an uber-reliable return man and a capable backup slot receiver.

That was expected to be his role once again in 2021. But Berrios did his best to force his way onto the field.

The Miami product finished with a career-high 46 catches for 431 yards and four total touchdowns including 20 catches for 219 yards over his final four games of the season.

On top of that, Berrios proved that he was more than just a reliable returner earning his first All-Pro nod after leading the NFL in yards per kick return and finishing second in yards per punt return.

While many have been clamoring for Berrios to get more opportunities dating back to last season, he's undoubtedly one of the most improved players on the roster.

Berrios could be a legitimate starting slot receiver on many teams, and when coupled with his elite special-teams contributions, his value is undeniable.

A free agent in the offseason, Berrios might just be the most important player the Jets are looking to re-sign. And that's a notion that few would have believed going into the year.