NY Jets: 4 surprise cuts the team could make this summer

NY Jets, Blessuan Austin
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NY Jets, Blessuan Austin
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2. Blessuan Austin, CB, NY Jets

We said surprise, didn't we?

Blessuan Austin is the most experienced member of an astonishingly young Jets cornerback group, even with just 18 career games under his belt.

At the moment, he's expected to be one of the team's two starting outside cornerbacks alongside Bryce Hall. But that doesn't mean he's guaranteed that role — far from it.

Austin was sidelined for most of OTAs and minicamp with an injury. And in his place, the likes of fifth-round pick Jason Pinnock and undrafted rookie Isaiah Dunn made their case for the starting job.

The Jets coaching staff is high on Pinnock and it wouldn't be a surprise if he won the job outright coming out of training camp. As for Dunn, the Jets awarded the former Oregon Star with the largest contract ever given to an undrafted cornerback this spring.

He's wasted little time making a name for himself and appears destined for a spot on the 53-man roster. There's also sixth-round rookie Brandin Echols as well as slot cornerbacks Michael Carter II and Javelin Guidry who are hoping to secure roster spots.

If all six of those players impress this spring, there is a scenario where Austin is a victim of the numbers game.

Right now, Austin is likely more concerned with holding on to his starting role. But a few missteps/injuries and he could be competing for his job.

This is a wide open cornerback competition — don't rule anything out.