4 NY Jets players who could get cut after 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
3. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets
The Jets already addressed their safety room this offseason when they went out and traded for former Baltimore Ravens locker-room leader Chuck Clark. They might not be done, however.
Clark is projected to slot in alongside Jordan Whitehead as one of the Jets' starting safeties, although both players share similar skill sets. The Jets don't really have a true free safety on their roster.
This year's safety class is relatively weak, but there could be some value in the middle/later rounds. It's very possible that the Jets take a swing on a more typical free safety prospect in the draft.
If that happens, one player who could find themselves as the odd man out is Ashtyn Davis. The Jets are high on Tony Adams, while Will Parks is a valuable special-teams contributor and locker-room leader.
Davis is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the Jets could save nearly $3 million by trading/releasing him. That's something I definitely expect the Jets to explore if they add a safety in the draft.
Davis has fallen short of expectations since being drafted in the third round back in 2020. At this stage, he's little more than an athletic special teamer and sub-package safety who will play a handful of snaps a season.
The Jets already have competent safety depth and could use the money. Davis might not be long for the roster if the Jets draft a safety.