2. Jason Brownlee, WR, NY Jets
This is, of course, dependent on Jason Brownlee's status for Thursday's game. The undrafted wide receiver injured his shoulder/arm making a spectacular one-handed catch in Tuesday's practice.
Reports seem to suggest that Brownlee will be available for Thursday's preseason opener. If that's the case, few players will be more exciting to watch.
Every year, there seem to be one or two undrafted players that capture the hearts of fans in training camp. Oftentimes those players are young wide receivers looking to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. This year, that player is Jason Brownlee.
The former Southern Mississippi standout was the prize of the Jets' 2023 undrafted class. The team has publicly indicated that they nearly drafted Brownlee — evidenced by the fact that they handed him the fourth-most guaranteed money of any undrafted player.
The Jets clearly had legitimate plans for Brownlee when they signed him, and his performance this summer has made him one of the standouts of training camp.
There's no guarantee the Jets carry six wide receivers, but if they do, Brownlee appears to be the runaway favorite to win the job. And in all honesty, it's going to be really tough to justify keeping Brownlee off the roster at this stage.
Brownlee should have his first in-game opportunity to prove to the Jets why he deserves a roster spot on Thursday. If you tune in for any reason on Thursday, tune in for a potential highlight-reel catch from the Jets' standout rookie receiver.