4 intriguing position battles for NY Jets in 2024 OTAs

Keep an eye on these Jets position battles
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3. Depth WR spots

Much like the defensive line, there are a few roles that are already determined. Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams, when healthy, are the Jets' top two ride receivers. Rookie Malachi Corley and Allen Lazard figure to slot in behind them on the depth chart.

The remainder of the Jets' wide receiver room is wide open, however. Second-year receiver Xavier Gipson likely has an edge over the rest of his competition because of his value on special teams. If he can win the starting returner job again, he should be a lock for a roster spot.

The Jets will likely carry at least one more wide receiver, though. Fellow second-year wideout Jason Brownlee, who made the 53-man roster as a rookie in 2023, figures to be in the mix.

The Jets are reportedly high on Brownlee's potential and believe that he could earn a role in the offense. His special-teams versatility is limited, though, so he'll have to impress to make the team.

That's especially true with a player like Irvin Charles serving as his primary competition. Charles developed into a core special-teamer for the Jets in 2023, and with Justin Hardee departing in free agency, Charles' value has increased significantly.

There are also undrafted players such as Marcus Riley, Tyler Harrell, and Hamze El-Zayat, as well as 2023 practice squad player Malik Taylor. That said, it would be a slight surprise if any of these players made the 53-man roster at this stage.

The smart money is on Gipson making the team with Brownlee and Charles fighting for 1-2 roster spots behind him. It should be an interesting spring and summer.