The NY Jets completed their second OTA practice open to the media on Wednesday, and once again, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not a full participant.
Rodgers was spotted playing catch on the sideline with a few teammates, and the Jets expect him to be back in a full capacity, either by Friday or early next week. While Rodgers was sidelined, a few other Jets received a bit more attention
It's never wise to draw many conclusions from OTAs as players are still only practicing in shorts, but that doesn't mean we should ignore them altogether. OTAs serve as the first true test of the offseason for many players.
That said, which players shined and which players faltered in the Jets' second open-media practice of the offseason? Let's take a look at a few notable names.
4. Standout: Nick Bawden, FB, NY Jets
Nick Bawden was forced to miss the entire 2022 season due to injury, but with Nathaniel Hackett taking over as the team's offensive coordinator this year, there's a chance he can earn a roster spot in 2023.
Bawden was one of the more notable standouts from Wednesday's practice. The former Detroit Lions draft pick "flashed as a receiver," according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. The Athletic's Zack Rosenblatt noted that he received "a lot of action in team drills."
The Jets are clearly interested in getting a closer look at Bawden, the only natural fullback on the roster. Bawden impressed with the Jets back in 2021, appearing in nine games in the latter half of the season.
Hackett has been known to utilize fullbacks in the past during his stops in Green Bay and Jacksonville. Bawden could sneak onto the 53-man roster with a strong summer.