NY Jets: 4 second year players with a point to prove in 2021

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4. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets

The Jets go into the 2021 season with the majority of the work at safety expected to go to star Marcus Maye and new arrival Lamarcus Joyner.

But with the future of Maye remaining uncertain and Joyner only on a short-term deal in New York, the 2021 season represents a great opportunity for second-year pro Ashtyn Davis to prove his worth.

After an underwhelming 2020 and an offseason derailed by injury, it’s now or never for the former third-rounder.

Despite having been activated from the PUP list ahead of the game against the Panthers, head coach Robert Saleh has suggested that Davis would not play in Week 1. Nonetheless, he still might command a starting role once he is fully fit.

And while the Jets are still in the market for a safety, Davis has always been a high-potential prospect out of college.

That means there is still time for Davis to become a long-term starter in New York and we did see some serious flashes of excellence during his debut season, particularly when with his aggressive play, blitzing, and run defense.

While he didn’t prove consistent as a rookie, his versatility too can be a real asset for the Jets moving forward.

The talent is all there for the former California Golden Bear. It’s time for Davis to show exactly why the Jets drafted him.