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NY Jets: 4 longshots who can sneak onto the 53-man roster

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NY Jets, Tristen Hoge
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4. Tristen Hoge, OG, NY Jets

Zach Wilson has expectedly dominated headlines for the Jets this summer. But he's not the only rookie out of BYU looking to make a name for himself in the NFL.

Shortly after drafting Wilson second overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jets signed one of his college teammates, offensive lineman Tristen Hoge, as an undrafted free agent following the draft.

Hoge was one of a number of undrafted rookies signed to the Jets roster following the draft, and while he may be lost in the shuffle to some, he does have a decent chance of sticking around with the team.

A three-year starter at BYU, Hoge missed considerable time as both a junior and senior due to injury and illness, but he entered the draft as one of the more experienced offensive linemen in his class with 25 starts under his belt and at 24-years-old.

That experience could help him land a spot on the final roster.

The Jets' interior depth is looking rather thin with Cameron Clark landing on the injured reserve and Alex Lewis' status uncertain. There's a chance Hoge could sneak onto the roster as one of the reserve guards.

Behind Alijah Vera-Tucker and Greg Van Roten, Dan Feeney is the obvious choice for the top backup guard. But after him, things become less obvious.

Corey Levin and fellow undrafted rookie David Moore are his stiffest competition, but if the Jets decide to carry four offensive guards, Hoge might make the most sense.

His experience with Wilson could give him the edge, and it certainly doesn't hurt that he played well in Saturday's preseason game.

Few are talking about him, but keep a close eye on Tristen Hoge.

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