NY Jets: 3 players who earned larger roles in 2021

NY Jets, Ty Johnson
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NY Jets, Javelin Guidry
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2. Javelin Guidry, CB, NY Jets

Another undrafted rookie, Javelin Guidry received far fewer opportunities than his teammate Huff did in 2020. In fact, he really only received anything resembling significant playing time in three games.

But in those three games, Guidry shined.

The speedy cornerback finished with an excellent 73.1 Pro Football Focus grade that would have ranked as the team's best cornerback by a wide margin if he qualified.

His 76.5 pass coverage grade would have been the 12th-best grade out of any cornerback in the NFL if he played enough snaps to qualify. Guidry also amazingly led the team with four forced fumbles despite playing more than seven snaps in just three games

Guidry was excellent in 2020, and he could be primed to receive more playing time this season.

The Jets pretty much ignored the cornerback position in the offseason waiting until Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft to address it. That's good news for a player like Guidry who likely won't have to compete with a veteran for playing time.

His primary competition will come in the form of fifth-round pick Michael Carter II who will compete with Guidry for the starting nickel cornerback job in training camp.

Unless the Jets sign a veteran like Brian Poole, it looks like it will be Carter and Guidry fighting it out this summer.

Given Guidry's stellar play last season, he deserves the first crack at the starting job.