5 undrafted rookies who can make the NY Jets 53-man roster

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4. Caleb Johnson, LB, NY Jets

The Jets' linebacker corps is wide open at the moment, which bodes well for Caleb Johnson's chances of surviving roster cuts. Johnson is a UCLA transfer who quietly put together a productive career at Miami.

At just 5-foot-11, 228 pounds, Johnson is undersized for the position, but he makes up for it with speed and athleticism. His 4.40 40-yard dash would have ranked second among all linebackers at the NFL Combine.

Johnson is also an experienced special teamer who fits the mold of what the Jets look for in their linebackers. Outside of C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams, no linebacker on the Jets' roster is guaranteed a role in 2023.

If Johnson comes in this summer and impresses, there should be a roster spot waiting for him. Don't be surprised if he sneaks onto the active roster for Week 1.

3. Jason Brownlee, WR, NY Jets

From a purely financial standpoint, Jason Brownlee should have the best chance to make the Week 1 roster of any Jets undrafted rookie. That's because the Jets handed him a team-leading $246,000 in guarantees to sign last month.

That sum was actually the fourth-highest any undrafted player received this year. The Jets clearly think very highly of Brownlee's chances to make the 53-man roster and will likely give him every opportunity to prove his worth this summer.

Brownlee led Southern Miss in receiving in all three seasons he spent with the program. He earned first-team All-C-USA honors in 2022 and was seen as a likely Day 3 draft pick.

At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, Brownlee thrives as a physical, contested-catch receiver. His most likely route to a roster spot would be to beat out former second-round pick Denzel Mims as the two fill similar roles in the offense.