5 biggest winners (and 2 losers) from NY Jets 2024 OTAs

OTAs are over — who are the biggest winners and losers?
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Winner: Kenny Yeboah, TE, NY Jets

One player who saw his standout spring performance fly a little under the radar was tight end Kenny Yeboah, but make no mistake about it — few Jets players were more impressive during OTAs than the former undrafted free agent.

Yeboah was featured heavily in the first-team offense, sometimes even working ahead of assumed No. 2 tight end Jeremy Ruckert. He flashed his big play ability and was one of the most targeted players all spring.

Yeboah has stuck around on the Jets due primarily to his special-teams ability, and not only does he seem like a strong candidate to make the 53-man roster, but he might even be able to find his way into a regular role on the Jets' offense.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Jets utilize both Ruckert and Yeboah this year, with Yeboah perhaps serving as more of a true backup to Tyler Conklin. If he continues to play well this summer, he'll force his way onto the field.

Winner: Eric Watts, DL, NY Jets

It's oftentimes difficult to evaluate offensive and defensive line play during OTAs due to the absence of pads, but Eric Watts did about as much to stand out as you can ask of a defensive lineman in spring practices.

The undrafted rookie notched a pair of sacks in the three open-media sessions, overpowering rookie first-round pick Olu Fashanu for a sack early in the spring. He later bested second-year tackle Carter Warren for another would-be sack.

Watts was given the most guaranteed money of any undrafted rookie on the Jets roster and has a clear path to making the team if he carries over his impressive spring into the summer.

At 6-foot-5, 274 pounds, Watts could be seen as a potential replacement for John Franklin-Myers. The Jets have had considerable success with undrafted defensive linemen in recent years, and Watts might just be their next undrafted gem.