5 surprise NY Jets players on the roster bubble this summer

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NY Jets, Bryce Huff
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1. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets

Bryce Huff has proved to be a productive, efficient pass rusher in his two years with the Jets, and at just 24 years old, his best days are likely still ahead of him.

But the numbers game can be a brutal exercise, and Huff might just find himself a victim this summer.

The Jets signed Huff as an undrafted free agent shortly following the 2020 NFL Draft, and many immediately pegged him as someone who could make the team's final roster.

That's exactly what he did, and it didn't take Huff long to find a sporadic role in the Jets' pass-rush rotation. That carried over into 2021 when Huff played the best football of his brief NFL career.

Prior to an untimely back injury, Huff ranked among the league leaders in both pass-rush and run-stop win rate. The advanced analytics loved Huff which is usually an indication that a player is due for a breakout season.

The only problem is that he finds himself a bit buried on the depth chart at the moment. Much like Vinny Curry, he's competing for playing time in a rotation that already features Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Jermaine Johnson, Jacob Martin, and Micheal Clemons.

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How many defensive ends can the Jets realistically carry? I'd still expect Huff to survive roster cuts, especially given that injuries are bound to happen, but his roster spot probably isn't as secure as many might be led to believe.