NY Jets: 8 stars from preseason victory over the NY Giants

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NY Jets, Vyncint Smith
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8. Vyncint Smith, WR, NY Jets

With Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios sidelined for Saturday's game, Vyncint Smith was given an extended look. And he made the most of his increase in playing time.

Smith finished tied for the team lead in catches with three for 39 yards, including a key third-down pickup. The speedy wideout was working with the second-team offense, once again ahead of Denzel Mims.

He also made a crucial play on special teams early in the fourth quarter when he flew down the sideline to down a Braden Mann punt at the one-yard line.

Smith is making a strong case for a roster spot, and more performances like this will go a long way toward helping him accomplish that.

7. Hamsah Nasirildeen, OLB, NY Jets

Hamsah Nasirildeen has been one of the few rookies working almost exclusively with the starters in camp. Despite being a sixth-round pick, the Jets are clearly high on Nasirildeen and he seems primed to be the Week 1 starter at the WILL linebacker position.

Saturday's performance certainly helped his case.

The former Florida State star started at WILL and played as one of the team's two nickel linebackers for most of the game alongside fellow rookie Jamien Sherwood.

His highlight came in the second quarter when he forced a fumble on running back Corey Clement when the Giants were knocking on the door inside the Jets' 10-yard line.

Nasirildeen packs a punch and he seems to be the favorite over Sherwood and Blake Cashman to start at WILL.