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

NY Jets, Jeff Smith
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NY Jets, Isaiah Dunn
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2. Isaiah Dunn, CB, NY Jets

When the Jets handed Isaiah Dunn the richest contract ever given to an undrafted cornerback back in May, they clearly had high expectations for the former Oregon State standout.

In a historically inexperienced secondary, Dunn was given every opportunity to stand out and earn his spot on the roster. And for most of the offseason, he did just that.

Dunn was one of the stars of OTAs and he continued to turn heads once training camp started. He regularly received work with both the first-team and second-team defense and even got the start at cornerback in the second preseason game.

Unfortunately, he struggled mightily in that game and finished the preseason on a low note. For that reason, many expected Dunn to be bound for the practice squad.

Especially given that the likes of Bryce Hall, Blessuan Austin, Javelin Guidry, Michael Carter II, Brandin Echols, Jason Pinnock, and Justin Hardee all seemed to be locked into roster spots.

Would the Jets really carry eight cornerbacks? The answer was no, but Dunn made the team regardless.

Instead, the Jets shockingly cut Austin who was slated to be a Week 1 starter. Now, not only is Dunn on the 53-man roster, but he has a chance to start in Week 1 as an undrafted rookie.

If that doesn't perfectly encapsulate the Jets' cornerback situation, I don't know what does.