2. Jermaine Johnson, DE, NY Jets
The Jets traded up to select Jermaine Johnson in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the expectation that he would play an important role in their defense for years to come.
Johnson's rookie season was uneventful, but the former Florida State star did manage to impress in limited snaps. Going into his second season, the Jets clearly expect him to take on a larger role.
Johnson has been working with the first-team defense for most of the summer, notably ahead of Carl Lawson. Lawson has been dealing with a back injury and has missed the last few practices, but even when he was healthy, Johnson was getting more work with the starters.
The Jets will likely rotate all of their defensive ends, but Johnson is making a strong case to play more than the 34 percent of defensive snaps he played last season. Few players on the roster have been more impactful in training camp.
1. Tony Adams, S, NY Jets
The Jets added two veteran safeties this offseason in Chuck Clark and later Adrian Amos. Amos was seen as Clark's direct replacement following the veteran's season-ending ACL injury. That might not be the case, though.
Former undrafted free agent Tony Adams has received the bulk of the first-team snaps this summer. Adams is a favorite of the coaching staff who has consistently been making plays in practice.
It's no coincidence that the Jets opted not to play Adams in the team's first preseason game. He's penciled in as the team's starting free safety right now.
From roster longshot to presumed backup to likely starter, Adams' stock has skyrocketed over the last year. This summer, he's seemingly locked down a starting role.