10. Jonathan Marshall, DT, NY Jets
Jonathan Marshall has appeared in just three games for the Jets in 2021 recording the first two tackles and the first QB hit of his career this past Sunday. But at this stage of his NFL journey, Marshall is clearly a reserve option.
This is a developmental year for Marshall who will compete for a spot in the defensive line rotation in 2022. For now, he isn't going to make much of an impact.
9. Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, NY Jets
Hamsah Nasirildeen was forced to miss this Sunday's game after landing on the COVID-19 list. But the sixth-round rookie hasn't played a snap on defense since Week 2 anyway.
Nasirildeen began the year as the Jets' starting WILL linebacker before being demoted to strictly special teams. Stuck on specials, Nasirildeen's impact in 2021 has obviously been limited.
8. Jason Pinnock, DB, NY Jets
Jason Pinnock has managed to receive some playing time in recent weeks, primarily due to the Jets' many injuries in the secondary. The results have been less-than-stellar.
Pinnock looks overwhelmed on defense, although he's made a couple of nice plays on special teams including this past week with Justin Hardee absent. He's another developmental project on this roster.
7. Jamien Sherwood, LB, NY Jets
Jamien Sherwood got the opportunity to play often and early in his career given the Jets' lack of linebacker depth. He started four of the first five games before suffering a torn Achilles.
Sherwood will look to return healthy in 2022 and compete for a role on defense. He expectedly struggled when thrust into a starting role as a rookie, but could turn things around with another year of development.