2. NY Jets starting free safety
What's so fascinating about this position battle is that it was never really expected to be much of a competition, to begin with.
The Jets traded for veteran Chuck Clark this past spring, and he was expected to slot in alongside Jordan Whitehead as the team's starting safety duo. Then Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury during OTAs, which prompted the Jets to sign fellow veteran Adrian Amos.
Most expected Amos to be Clark's direct replacement and, in turn, the starter opposite Whitehead. Now, as we sit under a month until Week 1, the competition is pretty much over — and Amos isn't the starter.
Instead, it's been former undrafted free agent Tony Adams who has exceeded all expectations and seemingly earned the starting job. The fact that the Jets held Adams out of both preseason games should tell you all you need to know.
The Jets have been high on Adams since he was signed as an undrafted free agent last year. It was a surprise when he made the 53-man roster, especially over someone like Jason Pinnock, but he's quickly making the Jets look wise for that decision.
Adams has been one of the stars of the summer, and he's managed to not only insert himself into the starting conversation, but he's pretty much solidified his place in the Jets' defense.
Amos might still have a role, but all signs point to Adams starting Week 1. This competition is, for all intents and purposes, over.