1. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets
The Jets boast one of the deepest defensive lines in football so it was always going to be hard for the under-the-radar guys to stand out. But Bryce Huff has taken that challenge and run with it.
An undrafted rookie a year ago, Huff made the Week 1 roster and went on to appear in all 16 games, playing over 25 percent of defensive snaps. And there's every reason to believe that he'll assume a larger role in 2021.
The Jets have no shortage of talent on their defensive line. The interior is stout with Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, and Folorunso Fatukasi leading the way.
And on the edge, Carl Lawson is joined by the likes of John Franklin-Myers, Vinny Curry, and Huff, among others. But it's Huff who is making the strongest case for an increased role this season.
The Jets coaching staff is high on Huff as evidenced by the fact that he's been splitting first and second-team reps this summer. And when Franklin-Myers left Thursday's practice early with an injury, it was Huff who filled in in his place.
Huff immediately made his presence felt beating right tackle Morgan Moses for a would-be sack if live tackling was permitted.
The Jets like Huff as an option on the edge opposite Lawson and he's playing himself into an important rotational role in the team's defense in 2021.
Expect Bryce Huff to receive his fair share of snaps this season.