5 NY Jets players who might've secured a roster spot against the Giants

These five Jets players made a strong case in the final preseason game
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4. Alex Erickson, WR, NY Jets

The surprise retirement of Corey Davis this week leaves a pretty sizable hole in the Jets' wide receiver room. While the team could explore external options to fill that hole, a few receivers on the roster made a case on Saturday.

One of those players was veteran Alex Erickson. Erickson popped up on a number of occasions in the second half, finishing the game with five catches for 38 yards. He hauled in both Tim Boyle touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Erickson is an eight-year NFL veteran who has ample experience as a depth receiver and returner. He's hauled in 96 career catches and made a career out of his special-teams versatility.

Of the players on this list, Erickson is still the least likely to make the final 53-man roster, but he did his best to make a strong final impression on Saturday. Don't be shocked if he makes the team.

3. Zaire Barnes, LB, NY Jets

Zaire Barnes' roster spot wasn't really in jeopardy entering Saturday's game, but even if it was, he did more than enough to solidify his place on the team.

Barnes finished with a team-leading eight tackles and was one of the most active players on defense for the Jets. He likely won't be relied upon as a starter, but Barnes is probably the team's top backup linebacker entering the 2023 season.

His strong performance coincided with the return of veteran linebacker Chazz Surratt, who also made a few plays on both defense and special teams. If both players were fighting for one roster spot, Barnes likely has the edge.