1. Lamarcus Joyner, S, NY Jets
Perhaps no position on the Jets' roster was hit harder by injuries last season than safety, and the team's misfortunes began all the way back in Week 1 when projected starter Lamarcus Joyner went down with a season-ending triceps injury just nine plays into the year.
Joyner was expected to serve as one of the team's two starting safeties, and the Jets had high hopes for him after switching back to his natural free safety position. Unfortunately, his season ended before it ever really began.
Nonetheless, the Jets opted to bring him back in the offseason, re-signing the veteran defensive back to a one-year contract. Joyner is once again penciled in as a starter entering the 2022 season.
However, the Jets have a few promising pieces behind Joyner who could push him for playing time this summer. The likes of Ashtyn Davis, Jason Pinnock, and Elijah Riley are all in the mix to receive snaps at safety.
Davis, in particular, has impressed so far at OTAs recording interceptions in consecutive days of practice, including a one-handed snag on Thursday.
A former third-round pick, Davis has fallen well short of expectations in the NFL, but the Jets are optimistic that he can take a sizable leap this year as he takes part in his first full offseason with the organization.
If Davis or any of the other young players on the roster impresses enough, perhaps they can push Joyner for his starting job in training camp. After all, the soon-to-be 32-year-old isn't exactly a long-term solution.