The NY Jets are under a week away from the start of the 2021 season. The roster has begun to take shape after a long week of reshuffling.
Final cut day may have been a week ago today, but the roster that was presented last Tuesday looks vastly different than the one the team has assembled now.
Just as the 53-man roster is mostly set, the same could be said for the team's 16-player practice squad. While every player wants to be on the active roster, the practice squad is hardly a figurative death sentence.
Especially given the new practice squad rules that allow for increased flexibility and fluidity.
Numerous players on the Jets' original 2020 practice squad would go on to play roles with the team last year. A few of them are even on the active roster going into the current season.
Mike White is the designated QB2 behind Zach Wilson. Javelin Guidry might be the favorite to start at nickel cornerback come Week 1. Meanwhile, the likes of Lamar Jackson, Josh Adams, Jimmy Murray, Bennett Jackson, Josh Malone, and Lawrence Cager all had decent stints last year.
Adams is now on the active roster (as of Monday) while Jackson and Murray are back on the practice squad. And there's every chance we see each of them on the active roster again this season.
Practice squad players can and do make an impact every season. Let's take a look at the six likeliest players on the Jets' current practice squad to play a significant role in 2021.