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: Xavier Gipson, WR, NY Jets

The competition for the Jets' wide receiver spots behind Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams is wide open this offseason, and with Williams still rehabbing his torn ACL, there were plenty of snaps to go around this spring.

One player who took advantage of the opportunity was second-year wideout Xavier Gipson. Gipson worked primarily with the first-team offense in OTAs and didn't look out of place.

His highlight of the spring came on a 60-yard bomb from Aaron Rodgers during Tuesday's practice in which Gipson streaked behind the defense for one of the Jets' biggest plays of OTAs.

Gipson was working ahead of rookie wide receiver Malachi Corley this spring, although the rookie did miss time with an undisclosed injury. There's a chance Gipson will be the Jets' starting slot receiver come Week 1 if he impresses this summer.

Winner: Qwan'tez Stiggers, CB, NY Jets

The Jets didn't really know what to expect from rookie cornerback Qwan'tez Stiggers when he stepped on the field this spring. After all, this is someone who never played college ball and spent the last two years playing in the semi-pro Fan Controlled Football League and the CFL.

But Stiggers not only looked the part this spring, but he was one of the most impressive players on either side of the ball. The former CFL standout has quickly emerged as an obvious locker-room favorite, evidenced by his teammates quickly rushing over to celebrate with him whenever he made a play.

That included one of the Jets' best defensive plays of the spring, a pick-six by Stiggers who jumped a Tyrod Taylor pass and took it to the house for a would-be touchdown.

Stiggers likely isn't going to play a significant role in 2024, but he has a chance to compete for a starting job as early as 2025, especially if the Jets decide to let D.J. Reed walk in free agency.