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

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NY Jets, Corey Ballentine
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3. Corey Ballentine, CB, NY Jets

The Jets have the most inexperienced and unproven cornerback group in the NFL. With that in mind, it seems silly to suggest that any cornerback currently on the roster could be considered a longshot.

But few expect Corey Ballentine to survive final roster cuts.

Claimed off waivers from the NY Giants in November of last year, Ballentine appeared in six games with the Jets down the stretch playing exclusively on special teams.

The former sixth-round pick took over as the team's primary kick returner and even broke one for 66 yards in Week 14. And that right there is his path to making the 53-man roster.

Ballentine had an up-and-down day on Saturday making a number of excellent plays in coverage before getting beaten for a long touchdown. He likely isn't someone who's going to see much playing time on defense.

Instead, Ballentine has made a living on special teams and he's been receiving a bulk of the work as the team's top kick returner in practice.

The Jets could view Ballentine as a core special teamer and their top kick returner as well as additional cornerback depth. If that's the case, he could carve out a role with the team.

Don't rule out Corey Ballentine surviving final roster cuts.

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