4. Jason Pinnock, FS, NY Jets
Jason Pinnock started out as a cornerback but flashed down the stretch last season filling in at free safety. In a young safety room, Pinnock put a couple of degrees of separation between himself and players such as Elijah Riley and Ashtyn Davis down the stretch, setting him up for a potential role on defense this season.
Many who follow the Jets, myself included, hope to see Pinnock eventually take the starting job. In spite of this, having established veterans such as Lamarcus Joyner and Jordan Whitehead around will be advantageous to Pinnock as a young player adjusting to a new position.
While Pinnock is currently listed behind Joyner on the team’s first unofficial depth chart, he has worked with the first-team defense at several points thus far in camp. Whitehead is penciled in as a starter already, but Joyner seems like he will eventually give way to Pinnock at some point.
It was still a smart move for Douglas to bring Joyner back, even coming off of an injury, as Joyner and Whitehead will look to set the example for Pinnock and the other young defensive backs.
Veteran safety Will Parks, who was quickly renowned by many in the Jets building for his leadership, was also brought back by the team. Parks has impressed the coaching staff in camp thus far and seems to have a decent shot at making the team, providing Pinnock with another brain to pick in the Jets’ safety room.
The Jets also revamped their cornerback room, drafting Sauce Gardner fourth overall and signing D.J. Reed from the Seattle Seahawks.
The Jets revamped cornerback room can help out young safeties like Pinnock by locking down the opposing team's outside receivers, allowing him to focus on his assignments and not have to worry as much about providing safety help.