6 biggest standouts from the NY Jets mandatory minicamp

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Jeff Smith
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1. Jeff Smith, WR, NY Jets

The biggest standout from minicamp wasn't Zach Wilson. It wasn't Sauce Gardner. It wasn't even a player who most expect to play a prominent role this season. Instead, the player who made the biggest impact this week was wide receiver Jeff Smith.

Smith was the unquestioned star of minicamp with the former undrafted free agent consistently making plays whether he was working with the starters or the backups.

The Jets rotated their receivers a lot this spring which allowed Smith to get plenty of reps in with the first-team offense. He made the most of his snaps hauling in two long Zach Wilson touchdowns on Wednesday.

Smith was the most active player on either side of the ball during minicamp as his name continuously popped up. Based solely on snap count and rep allocation, he's the clear-cut WR5 on the roster ahead of Denzel Mims.

A former college quarterback, Smith was signed by the Jets as an undrafted free agent back in 2019. He's spent the last three years with the organization, serving as a depth receiver and special-teamer.

His work on special teams should make him a favorite to earn a roster spot, and he's doing his best to convince the Jets that he deserves some snaps on offense too. At the very least, his background as a quarterback could make him useful if Mike LaFleur wants to get a little tricky with his play-calling.

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Jeff Smith may not be the name that immediately springs to mind when discussing players to watch this summer, but overlook him at your own discretion. No player shined brighter than he did during minicamp.