7 biggest surprise standouts from the NY Jets' 2021 season

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3. Braxton Berrios, WR/KR, NY Jets

The Jets' only All-Pro selection for the 2021 season was Braxton Berrios. Who saw that coming at the beginning of the year?

Yes, Berrios didn't exactly earn the All-Pro nod for his production on offense, but that part of his game can't be ignored either. Not only did Berrios establish himself as the premier kick returner in football, but he carved out an important role in the Jets' offense.

Another former waiver claim, Berrios entered the summer actually competing for one of the final roster spots on the team. And every opportunity he was given from then on, he did everything to make the most of it.

Berrios finished with a career-high 46 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns solidifying himself as a key player in the Jets' receiver rotation. When injuries struck the wide receiver room late in the year, it was Berrios who emerged as the team's only consistent playmaker.

The Miami product hauled in five or more catches in three of his final four games and actually finished second on the team in catches behind only Jamison Crowder.

Berrios has worked hard to improve as a player throughout his career and he's now established himself as more than just a special-teams player. He's a legitimate offensive playmaker.

And with the former sixth-round pick set to hit free agency in the offseason, it would be in the Jets' best interest to make sure he sticks around.