The NY Jets have the next two weeks to finalize their 53-man roster ahead of the start of the 2023 season. Of course, in the ever-changing world of the NFL, a roster is never truly "finalized."
But that doesn't stop fans and analysts alike from getting worked up over a team's initial 53-man roster. Many players on the Jets are still vying for one of those precious few roster spots.
The Jets have two more weeks of practice and a pair of preseason games to determine which players will make the cut. As is traditionally the case, there are bound to be a few surprises.
Let's take a look at five under-the-radar players who could sneak onto the Jets' initial 53-man roster.
5. Trey Dean, S, NY Jets
Three of the Jets' safety spots seem to be pretty secure. Jordan Whitehead, Tony Adams, and Adrian Amos all appear to be roster locks, leaving one or two open spots for the remainder of the Jets' safeties.
Former third-round pick Ashtyn Davis is the presumed favorite, given his special-teams experience. There's also rookie sixth-round pick Jarrick Bernard-Converse, who doubles as a cornerback and could start the year on the PUP list.
One player that shouldn't be overlooked, however, is undrafted rookie Trey Dean. Dean was a multi-year starter at Florida and one of the most high-profile undrafted players the Jets signed this year.
He's been impressive in each of the Jets' first two preseason games as well. If he could prove his worth on special teams, Dean has a chance to beat out Davis for a roster spot.