3 NY Jets players on roster bubble after 2024 NFL Draft

These Jets don't have a guaranteed roster spot.
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The NY Jets didn't have a ton of ammunition to address some of their biggest holes in the 2024 NFL Draft, but they managed to come out of this affair with a strong class headlined by Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu and Western Kentucky wide receiver Malachi Corley with their first two picks.

The Jets are going all-in on chasing a championship in the 2024 season, and that will take the combined effort of every player on that roster. After last year's comical injury luck, Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas are well aware of how necessary it is to use all 53 roster sports as wisely as possible.

In the name of building a deep team with developmental upside, these three players from last year's team could be looking for a new team if they are unable to impress the coaching staff before the season begins. The Jets' draft plans certainly put some pressure on some of their more inconsistent veteran players.

3 NY Jets veterans on roster bubble after the 2024 NFL Draft

3. RB Israel Abanikanda

After running for 20 touchdowns during his final season at Pitt, the Jets selected Abanikanda in the fifth round with the hope he could eventually become a backup to Breece Hall. After failing to unseat Dalvin Cook and Michael Carter until both were released, Abanikanda's poor showing in 2023 prompted the Jets to address running back twice in the draft.

The Jets added Wisconsin power back Braelon Allen, who made his mark as a strong pass blocker and consistent churner who thrives between the tackles. The Jets added another power back in South Dakota State's Isaiah Davis during the fifth round, who profiles as a more powerful runner with better vision than Abanikanda has.

Israel Abanikanda could be cut by the NY Jets

Abanikanda had just 22 carries for 70 yards last season and didn't have a single touch from scrimmage longer than 13 yards. With ball security issues and an inability to set himself apart as a pass protector, Abanikanda is struggling to find a path to playing time with Hall vacuuming up so much playing time.

It wouldn't be outrageous if Abanikanda holds off Davis for RB3 duties, but he is firmly behind Allen on the depth chart. With how frequently this front office churns through backup running backs, Abanikanda's one-dimensional style of play could be the death knell on his brief Jets career with a lackluster preseason.