4 intriguing position battles for NY Jets in 2024 OTAs

Keep an eye on these Jets position battles
Israel Abanikanda
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The NY Jets officially kicked off OTAs this week as the team began its trek toward the start of the 2024 season. The spring offers many players a first opportunity to make a strong impression ahead of a typically more intense workload in the summer.

That's the case for a number of players on the Jets' roster who are fighting for both roster spots and roles with the team. There are quite a few very interesting roster battles taking place for the Jets.

Some of these roster battles will determine starting roles while others are more focused on back-end roster spots. Either way, the spring is our first opportunity to discuss and digest these roster battles.

Let's take a look at four of the most intriguing position battles on the Jets' roster this spring.

4. Defensive line

The majority of the Jets' defensive line seems pretty set in stone. Jermaine Johnson and offseason acquisition Haason Reddick will be the team's top two defensive ends with players such as Will McDonald and Micheal Clemons serving as key rotational pieces.

At defensive tackle, the likes of Quinnen Williams, Javon Kinlaw, Solomon Thomas, and Leki Fotu all seem to be locked into roster spots. That leaves 1-2 roster spots for the remainder of the team's defensive linemen.

Undrafted players such as Eric Watts, Leonard Taylor III, and Braiden McGregor could all push for spots in the defensive line rotation. Holdovers like Tanzel Smart and Jalyn Holmes are also very much in the mix.

It will be interesting to see which players emerge as the most likely candidates for a roster spot. Through the first week, it's been Watts who has garnered the most attention.