The NY Jets entered the 2023 season with genuine Super Bowl aspirations following the offseason acquisition of Aaron Rodgers. Unfortunately, any hopes the Jets had of fulfilling those aspirations disappeared after Rodgers tore his Achilles just four plays into the season.
In reality, the Jets were likely never serious Super Bowl contenders, even with a healthy Rodgers. The Rodgers injury exposed numerous weaknesses on the Jets' roster and highlighted a slew of offseason missteps by general manager Joe Douglas.
From poor free-agent signings to an underwhelming 2023 draft class, Douglas likely had his worst offseason to date with the team last year. It's not all his fault, however. There are a few players on the roster who the coaching staff probably could've gotten more out of.
Let's take a look at three players on the Jets roster who were underutilized in 2023.
3. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets
The Jets never expected Bryce Huff to develop into the budding star pass rusher that he is today. That's why the team has been actively planning to replace him over the last couple of years.
While Huff was given a larger role in 2023, it should be noted that his uptick in playing time wasn't immediate. Huff played fewer than 40 percent of the Jets' defensive snaps in five of the first seven games of the season.
Despite the Jets giving Huff more reps, the former undrafted free agent still only played 42 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2023. That's fewer snaps than Solomon Thomas.
Ultimately, the Jets don't seem to realize what they have in Bryce Huff. He's one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and a true three-down star defensive end. Another team will likely pay him as such this offseason.