NY Jets: 3 most surprising players to make the 53-man roster

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The NY Jets' 53-man roster has mostly been finalized ahead of the start of the 2021 season. While final cut day was last Tuesday, the initial 53-man roster the team put together only somewhat resembles the one that's been assembled now.

That's because waiver claims, IR designations, and more took place in the days following final roster cuts. The likes of Quincy Williams and Tim Ward were claimed off waivers while safety Sheldrick Redwine was signed as a free agent.

Meanwhile, players like Jarrad Davis, Conor McDermott, and Ashtyn Davis landed on the short-term IR keeping them out for at least the first few weeks of the season.

Yes, there was plenty of roster shuffling to go around. But when the dust settled, the Jets' 53-man roster looked pretty similar to the one that many expected the team to have.

Of course, there were a few notable surprises. The Chris Herndon trade and the release of Blessuan Austin certainly spring to mind as moves that most did not see coming.

But what about when it comes to surprise additions? A few players managed to make the Jets' roster despite most expecting them to fall short.

We take a look at the three most surprising players to make the 53-man roster.