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NY Jets: 3 under-the-radar standouts from spring practices

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NY Jets, Jabari Zuniga
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2. Jabari Zuniga, DE, NY Jets

Remember Jabari Zuniga? A third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Zuniga missed half his rookie season due to injury and failed to make much of an impact upon his return.

In eight games, Zuniga was on the field for just nine percent of the team's defensive snaps logging 103 total downs played on defense. He finished with just five tackles, no QB hits, no sacks, and no tackles for loss.

Zuniga earned an abysmal 33.0 Pro Football Focus grade which was the lowest of any player on the Jets roster. Admittedly, it was a small sample size, but it was hardly an encouraging rookie season.

Now with a full offseason to rehab and develop, Zuniga is beginning to show some promise.

He had a flashy sack earlier this month in OTAs and received some work with the first-team defense during minicamp. The Jets clearly still see some potential in the former Florida standout.

After all, general manager Joe Douglas had a vision for Zuniga when he selected him 79th overall in last year's draft.

Zuniga could work his way into a deep defensive line rotation with another strong showing this summer. His versatility to play both inside and on the edge should only help him earn playing time.

Don't forget about Jabari Zuniga.

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