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

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2. Xavier Gipson, WR, NY Jets

Jason Brownlee isn't the only rookie wide receiver the Jets paid top dollar to sign, however. The Jets also handed Stephen F. Austin standout Xavier Gipson a hefty $165,000 in guarantees — the second-highest on the team.

Gipson stands at just 5-foot-9, 189 pounds, but he possesses 4.40 speed and electric playmaking ability. He racked up a whopping 4,311 yards over four years at Stephen F. Austin, which also happens to be the alma mater of John Franklin-Myers.

Gipson was actually a three-star recruit who originally committed to SMU before poor grades forced him to go the FCS route. He wasn't exactly an unknown prospect coming out of high school.

The addition of Randall Cobb could stand in Gipson's way of making the roster as the primary backup slot receiver and potential punt returner, but Cobb has just $250,000 in guarantees on his deal. Don't rule out Gipson pushing him for a roster spot this summer.

1. Trey Dean III, S, NY Jets

Perhaps the most high-profile undrafted player the Jets signed this spring is Trey Dean III. Dean is a former high-profile who started 40 games (appeared in 62) at the University of Florida from 2018-2022.

Dean never quite lived up to his potential at Florida, but his talent is evident. The 23-year-old is a versatile safety with excellent size and length at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

The biggest reason that Dean went undrafted is his poor testing numbers, although it should be noted that he took part in drills at the Combine with an injured hip.

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The Jets' backup safety jobs are wide open this summer, and if Dean can make some plays and find a home on special teams, there should be every opportunity for him to secure a roster spot.