5 NY Jets players who shined during Tuesday's OTA practice

Who were the stars of Tuesday's practice?
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4. Jeremy Ruckert, TE, NY Jets

The Jets are hoping to see third-year tight end Jeremy Ruckert take on a larger role this season and become a regular contributor on offense. Tuesday's practice was his most active day so far this spring.

Ruckert reportedly "received a heavy dose of targets" on Tuesday with the highlight being a leaping grab toward the left sideline on a pass that looked to be over his head. It was one of a few catches Ruckert hauled in throughout practice.

The former third-round pick has steadily seen his role grow over the last two years, and the Jets are hoping that he can become a key contributor on offense in his third NFL season.

If he impresses this year, there's a chance he could take over as the Jets' starting tight end as early as 2025. Starter Tyler Conklin is set to be a free agent at the end of the year.

3. Eric Watts, DL, NY Jets

Count Eric Watts among the Jets' most impressive standouts of the spring so far. The Jets gave Watts a whopping $250,000 in guarantees among signing, making him one of the highest-paid UDFAs in the NFL this year.

Watts has quickly rewarded the Jets for their show of faith, racking up yet another sack on Tuesday. He's now recorded would-be sacks in all three OTA practices open to the media, including one against rookie Olu Fashanu last week.

Watts will have every opportunity to earn a roster spot in a loaded defensive line rotation. At 6-foot-5, 274 pounds, Watts has the body type and playstyle to replace someone like John Franklin-Myers, filling a similar tweener role.

If the rookie defensive lineman can carry over this momentum into the summer, he should have a very good chance to stick around in the rotation. He's been one of the most impressive players for the Jets this spring.