3 NY Jets players on roster bubble after 2024 NFL Draft

These Jets don't have a guaranteed roster spot.
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2. CB Brandin Echols

Echols has been a respectable backup and special teams player, but it's tough to break into one of the best cornerback rooms in the league. Echols is not only staring down a future in which his best case scenario is becoming the starting dime back, but he now faces competition at the back end of the roster.

On top of CFL star Qwan'tez Stiggers coming to town via the draft, the Jets brought back Tae Hayes while adding two safety/cornerback hybrids in 2023 draft pick Jarrick Bernard-Converse and undrafted free agent Jarius Monroe. Echols will need to fight for his roster spot this season.

NY Jets cornerback Brandin Echols could compete for playing time

With how often the Jets have proven they can develop young defensive back talent, and their ability to beat teams like the Eagles after literally signing players off the street to start, any slip-up in play could have serious consequences. Bryce Hall went from a regular presence to getting buried on the depth chart and signing with Tampa Bay.

Echols is a quality special teamer, but he played just 8% of snaps on defense in 2022 and 15% of snaps last season. Stiggers emerging as a quality player might be all it takes to unseat Echols from his spot as the No. 4 cornerback on this roster and put his spot in jeopardy.