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7 players with the most to prove at NY Jets training camp

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4. Jermaine Johnson, DE, NY Jets

It feels like Jermaine Johnson has somewhat flown under the radar this summer, at least as much as a first-round pick can fly under the radar. He's been overshadowed by the likes of Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, and even Breece Hall.

But Johnson will have the opportunity to generate headlines of his own this summer. And in reality, he's the only one of the Jets' first four picks who's not expected to land a starting role this season.

The Jets will rotate their entire defensive line, but right now, Johnson isn't slated to be a part of the team's starting base defense. He's expected to contribute in more of a situational role on third downs, but he could change that with a strong summer.

The Jets know Johnson's talent — that's why he was a top-eight player on their draft board. A standout showing at training camp could force the Jets to rethink their defensive line rotation.

3. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets

Denzel Mims enters the 2022 summer looking to rebound after an abysmal 2021 season landed him in the Jets' doghouse. Mims is hoping that his residency in said doghouse isn't permanent.

To his credit, Mims reportedly showed up to minicamp in "phenomenal shape" and appears motivated entering training camp. He'll be fighting an uphill battle, though.

Right now, Mims is penciled in as the sixth wide receiver on the depth chart, and it seems unlikely that he's able to surpass any of the guys above him. That doesn't mean he can't still help himself, however.

Mims is not only fighting for a roster spot, but he's also looking to attract potential trade suitors. Either way, it's evident that Mims has plenty to prove this summer.

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