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NY Jets, Isaiah Dunn
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1. Isaiah Dunn, CB, NY Jets

Perhaps no player has more to lose/gain in tonight's game than Isaiah Dunn. The undrafted rookie cornerback received the start opposite Bryce Hall in last weekend's game, but failed to make the most of his opportunity.

With Blessuan Austin sidelined, Dunn was inserted into the starting lineup ahead of fellow promising rookie Brandin Echols who has had an excellent summer. This was despite the fact that Dunn had only just returned from an injury.

It was a significant vote of confidence from the coaching staff. Unfortunately, Dunn struggled in the role and was consistently picked on by Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Dunn has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer, having gone from roster hopeful to bonafide starting candidate despite being an undrafted rookie.

However, despite his success, he still isn't guaranteed anything. Not even a roster spot.

Right now, it would probably be safe to say that seven cornerbacks are ahead of Dunn when it comes to making the roster. Hall, Austin, Echols, Jason Pinnock, Javelin Guidry, Michael Carter II, and Justin Hardee are all probably making the team.

That means, if the Jets want to keep Dunn on the active roster, they'll need to carry eight cornerbacks. It's hard to see them doing that, even if they only carry three safeties.

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Still, Dunn has a chance to force their hand. If he can prove to them that he's not only worth a roster spot but that he should receive serious starting consideration, then the Jets might have no choice but to keep him around.

He'll have 60 minutes to prove that tonight.

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