NY Jets: 6 practice squad players who can contribute in 2021

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6. Jabari Zuniga, DE, NY Jets

A third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jabari Zuniga's career has gotten off to a concerningly slow start. Injuries kept Zuniga sidelined for the first half of his rookie season, and upon his return, he did little to stand out.

Zuniga was once again sidelined for much of the summer with injuries this year, and that likely cost him his roster spot. It says a lot that, despite being a third-round pick a year ago, he was able to pass through waivers unclaimed.

Still, the Jets aren't ready to give up on Zuniga and there's a very good chance we see him on the active roster at some point this season.

The only reason he isn't higher on this list is that there are a couple of players at his position who might get promoted before him. More on that in a little bit.

5. Jimmy Murray, OL, NY Jets

Jimmy Murray is one of seven players on the Jets' original practice squad a year ago that remains with the organization. And while his name likely doesn't spring to mind immediately, he has a chance to make an impact in 2021.

Most of this is due to the sheer lack of depth the Jets have along the interior of their offensive line. At the moment, Dan Feeney is the only backup interior offensive lineman on the roster.

If any of Alijah Vera-Tucker, Connor McGovern, or Greg Van Roten go down with an injury, Feeney is the only player the Jets will have to replace them. That's why Murray could prove to be valuable.

Murray is someone the Jets could elevate on game days as a ninth offensive lineman, and he might just be thrust into action if the Jets run into an injury or two. Don't be surprised if you see him on the active roster before long.