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NY Jets: 8 shining stars from preseason victory over Packers

NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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NY Jets, Michael Carter
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8. Corey Ballentine, CB/KR, NY Jets

We start the list with more of a low-key player, but someone who definitely improved his stock on Saturday. Corey Ballentine might not make the Jets' roster, but he's clearly the best kick returner on the team.

Ballentine took a kick back 73 yards later in the second quarter to set up the second of two Zach Wilson touchdown passes.

The former NY Giants draft pick doesn't offer much as a cornerback, but it's telling that the Jets continue to deploy him as a returner.

He's still far from a lock to make the 53-man roster, but if he does, it will be on the back of his special-teams/return abilities.

7. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets

The Jets seemed to tip their hand as to how they view their running backs in this game. Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson worked exclusively with the first-team offense while Michael Carter and La'Mical Perine ran with the backups.

But when the dust settled, Carter seemed to emerge as the team's most effective running back.

Carter finished with 10 carries for 52 yards on an efficient 5.2 yards per carry — all of which led the team. That included a preseason-high 18-yard run in the third quarter that was immediately followed up by a physical eight-yard carry.

Carter did everything he could to convince the Jets that he should be featured in the running back rotation. Now it's on the coaching staff to get him more involved.

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