4 NY Jets starters fighting for their 2023 roster spots this season

NY Jets, Corey Davis
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NY Jets, Corey Davis
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1. Corey Davis, WR, NY Jets

The Jets hoped that they had landed a rising star when they signed Corey Davis to a three-year, $37.5 million contract last offseason. The hope was that Davis, who was coming off a career year, could emerge as the Jets' WR1 in 2021.

Unfortunately, Davis fell well short of expectations in his first year with the team.

The former Western Michigan star finished with just 34 catches for 492 yards and four touchdowns. He missed eight games due to injury and struggled mightily with drops at times.

Davis put together the worst statistical season of his NFL career since his rookie campaign — a far cry from the player the Jets believed could reach 1,000 yards in 2021.

Going into 2022, Davis is expected to be part of a much-improved Jets receiving corps that also features Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, and the team's most talented tight end room in over a decade.

That will hopefully alleviate some of the pressure and allow Davis to find success this season, but the Jets have a backup plan in case things go south.

In true Joe Douglas fashion, Davis has less than $1 million in guaranteed money remaining on his contract after this season, meaning the Jets could cut him and save nearly $11 million in net cap space.

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If Davis underperforms again in 2022, the Jets could just move on and cut their losses. Davis will need to be a much more consistent player this season if he's going to remain on the Jets roster.