5 underrated NY Jets players who could make a massive impact next season

Don't overlook these five Jets players in 2024

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4. John Simpson, LG, NY Jets

The Jets added three new starting offensive linemen to their roster this offseason. The team re-acquired veteran right tackle Morgan Moses in a brilliant trade with the Baltimore Ravens. The Jets also signed All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith in free agency.

Smith and Moses are the highlight additions, but fans shouldn't be quick to overlook the team's other new offensive lineman, John Simpson.

Simpson revitalized his career in Baltimore last season, starting all 17 games at left guard following a disastrous stint with the Las Vegas Raiders. The former fourth-round pick flashed the potential to be a plus-starter last season, and he could get there if he cleans up his penalty issues.

The arrow is firmly pointed up on Simpson's career trajectory. He might surprise some people this season.

3. Allen Lazard, WR, NY Jets

It's hard to imagine Allen Lazard's first season with the Jets going any worse than it did. The former Green Bay Packers wide receiver struggled in every aspect of the game, fell out of favor with the coaching staff, and found himself a healthy scratch on multiple occasions.

Lazard was never worth the four-year, $44 million contract the Jets handed him last offseason, but it's not crazy to say he's better than what he showed in his first season with the organization.

At his best, Lazard was a big-play red-zone threat in Green Bay. He's always struggled with inconsistencies, but in the past, Lazard would pair his aggravating drops with highlight-reel grabs.

Lazard is going to have to work overtime to regain the trust of the coaching staff, but with Aaron Rodgers returning, this feels like a situation that's destined for positive regression. He should be better in 2024.