5 under-the-radar NY Jets who impressed in the Panthers game

These five overlooked Jets players shined in Saturday's preseason game
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4. Jimmy Moreland, CB, NY Jets

The Jets' defensive line received most of the credit for the team's dominant defensive showing on Saturday, but the team's secondary was just as impressive. One player who had another strong game was cornerback Jimmy Moreland.

With five Jets cornerbacks not playing, Moreland played more snaps than any defensive player on the roster. He finished with a PFF grade of 71.3, allowing four catches on seven targets for just 31 yards.

Moreland was also impressive in run defense, as he finished tied for second on the team with two run stops. The former James Madison standout is hardly an unproven commodity, either, with 37 games and 10 career starts under his belt.

Moreland has a chance to push Bryce Hall for a roster spot, especially with the latter out nursing an injury. If Moreland can prove his worth on special teams, he has a real shot to make the 53-man roster.

3. Zaire Barnes, LB, NY Jets

The Jets are holding an open competition for their third starting linebacker job, and while Jamien Sherwood is the presumed favorite, rookie Zaire Barnes made quite the impression on Saturday.

Barnes led the Jets with eight tackles and recorded a whopping four run stops — twice as many as any other player on the team. While he was tagged with allowing five catches in coverage, those catches resulted in just 14 total yards.

Barnes' 78.8 PFF grade was the highest of any linebacker on either team in Saturday's game. While Sherwood also put together an impressive performance, Barnes made a significant impact after an inconsistent debut last week.

It's still likely that Sherwood ends up with the starting job, but Barnes showed something on Saturday. At the very least, the Jets expect him to be a core special-teamer this season.