3. The battle for the NY Jets' final WR spot
What's special about the "Hard Knocks" series is that the show doesn't just focus on the household names on teams' rosters. Every season, there's at least one or two unknown players who get thrust into the limelight.
We're talking about undrafted or bottom-of-the-roster players fighting for a chance to stick on the 53-man roster. The most intriguing roster battle to me might be the competition for the final wide receiver spot.
Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, Corey Davis, and Randall Cobb are all essentially guaranteed roster spots. If the Jets decide to carry a sixth wide receiver, the competition should be fascinating.
The most notable name is former second-round pick Denzel Mims. Mims was the subject of trade rumors last summer, but the Jets never found a team to meet their asking price. Now set to be a free agent at the end of the year, Mims is far from a lock for the 53-man roster.
There are a few younger wide receivers that could push him for the spot. Undrafted players such as Jason Brownlee, Jerome Kapp, and Xavier Gipson all made strong first impressions this spring, while Mims was absent at OTAs for undisclosed reasons.
You also have second-year undrafted wideout Irvin Charles, who even earned praise from Aaron Rodgers during OTAs. Any of those players could steal the show this summer and beat out Mims for that sixth and final wide receiver spot.
Keep an eye on someone like Brownlee or Kapp this summer. Both have serious underdog, fan-favorite potential.