5 under-the-radar NY Jets who impressed in the Hall of Fame Game

Which under-the-radar players maximized their playing time on Thursday?
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2. Claudin Cherelus, LB, NY Jets

The Jets signed three undrafted linebackers to contracts following the 2023 NFL Draft. Of the three, former Alcorn State standout Claudin Cherelus impressed the most on Thursday.

Cherelus finished with an outstanding 88.5 coverage grade — the highest of any player on the team. He was tagged with allowing three catches on four targets for just 20 total yards.

Cherelus also recorded a defensive stop on both of his registered tackles. The HBCU product played more defensive snaps than any other linebacker on the roster. Only Ifeadi Odenigbo and the next player on our list finished with higher overall PFF defensive grades.

Cherelus is the latest former safety-turned-undersized linebacker the Jets are trying to develop. The Jets' linebacker room is wide open, and if Cherelus continues to stack positive performances, he might just make a case for a roster spot.

1. Javelin Guidry, CB, NY Jets

Welcome back Javelin Guidry. The former undrafted free agent was claimed off waivers by the Jets this past May, returning him to the organization he originally signed with out of Utah in 2020.

Guidry wasted little time making an impact in his return game. The speedy cornerback was the highest-graded player by PFF on the roster, earning a spectacular 88.4 grade. That includes a team-leading 89.3 run-defense grade and an 83.2 coverage grade.

Guidry allowed just one catch for four yards on two targets, despite playing 37 defensive snaps. He also tied for the team lead in defensive stops with three.

It's going to be tough for Guidry to crack the 53-man roster in a talented Jets cornerback room, but he has experience in this defensive system and provides special teams value. He could stick around as a backup nickel corner with outside versatility.